To our friends, visitors, local businesses and stakeholders- we're all in this together.

To our friends, visitors, local businesses and stakeholders- we're all in this together.

With LoveThe RCTDA continues to closely monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as it relates to our Nation, North Carolina and Rutherford County.Our top priority is always the safety, health, and wellbeing of our community, its residents, and visitors.  We understand that these times are confusing and can be difficult for many.  We encourage you to continue supporting each other and our community's small businesses and ask that you reference individual websites and social media platforms for updates on local businesses and events. At this time and until further notice, our two Welcome Centers are closed and the Tourism Development Authority office is seeing guests by appointment only.  Please call 828.207.6013 or email Taylor at if you have any questions or to make an appointment.

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Dirty Dancing Filmed Here

Since the movie's release, thousands of fans from around the globe have made the pilgrimage to Lake Lure to relive the locations where the passion grew between blue-collar Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) and privileged Frances “Baby” Houseman (Jennifer Grey). You can book the exact same rooms where Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey slept at the 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa. Take a Lake Lure Tours pontoon boat ride to see where the movie’s staff camp and dance scenes were shot. Play golf on Rumbling Bald Resort’s Bald Mountain Golf Course where Baby asks her father for money at hole #16. Dine or stay at The Esmeralda Inn where the original dance floor upon which Johnny and Baby shared their final dance has been repurposed into a rustic foyer. Better yet, truly immerse yourself in the Dirty Dancing experience by planning your trip in late August during the annual Dirty Dancing Festival.  This two-day festival pays homage to one of the most iconic movies of all time with live music, food vendors, dance contests and a live screening of the movie.

Dirty Dancing Festival

The annual Dirty Dancing Festival brings visitors from all over the world to celebrate this iconic movie! Make sure to get your tickets early before it sells out.