I’m super stoked to dive back into talking about our trip to the Dirty Dancing Festival today!!! I was originally planning to post the second day’s events coughcough last week BUT my week got away from me for many reasons (more on that later) so I decided to combine two posts into one since Sunday was just the day that we headed back home. If you missed the first two installments of this little shindig, just check the links at the bottom and you can get caught up ;)
So! We’ve already covered the basics about the festival and the events of Friday, the first day of the festival. Today I want to share mainly about our busiest day, Saturday.
Saturday was the day of the main event. This was the day where the vendors would be out, the performances would be happening and the dance classes would occur. Everything was beginning at 9am. Breakfast at the lodge was from 8am to 9:30am. After feeling the comfort of the bed in our room (no seriously, most comfortable bed ever), we decided we would sleep in, get breakfast, lounge on that comfy bed, then get up and get ready to go. Breakfast was SO good and the view was lovely. It was a little chilly, but with a sweater, it was near perfect.
After some lounge time in our room, we got ready to head back out to the park to check out the festivities!
Upon arriving at the beginning of places where you could park to walk to the festival (after a good bit of traffic that we didn’t mind at all because the drive/view was kinda soothing), my husband decided that he had found a space that may or may not be a space, but he was going to park there anyway.
He said we fit just enough. So after juuust a minute of questioning if this was ok, I decided to roll with it because a ton of people started parking a couple spaces down from us in what clearly was not designated parking space. At least we had lines. Kinda. We were going to have to walk about 1/2 a mile (warning: I have no concept for milage) to the park but it wasn’t a bad walk as there was a boardwalk that was shaded by trees on either side and a beautiful view of the lake that began with the view of this little lake beach!
We could have gone and enjoyed it but we weren’t prepared to do so. It wasn’t expensive at all at $8 per person. Across the street is the Bed and Breakfast where Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey stayed while filming in Lake Lure. We definitely are planning to hit this spot up next time we come!
Of course now that I’m drafting this, I am realizing we didn’t take any photos at the actual festival. I really wanted to get a photo of us in front of the festival sign but it wasn’t up when we were there. I’m not sure if they had it up then took it down but I was bummed. You might already know this as I haven’t been able to stop mentioning it. ha!
We were going to take one of the dance classes being offered but one of the down sides of the festival was that there wasn’t enough water and the line for the one vendor that still had water was SO long (being a fairly new festival, I expected this would probably happen so I wasn’t ill about it or anything but I do wish I would have brought my own water bottle).
After walking around the festival for a bit and watching a couple of the performances, we decided to walk back down the boardwalk and grab lunch at a restaurant that had an amazing view of the lake. It was so hot walking back though that we totally decided to skip sitting outside and sit in the bar. Surprise, surprise! Turns out, that area had huge windows with an awesome view too.
We did eat at the festival so at the restaurant we just had a drink (water too! ha!) and a small appetizer. Afterwards we went back to the car and headed back to the lodge to rest up before going back to the park to watch the lake lift competition later that evening. Having the lodge so close to the park was amazing. We went into the bar area and got ourselves a glass of wine and went out to enjoy the breeze on the lakeside deck. Silly selfies happened of course.
We went back to the park only to find that the lake lift competition had been cancelled due to thunder and lightening. SAD TIMES! I was so excited to watch that but public safety is of course the priority. We went back to the lodge to shower, relax, mingle and get dinner at the in house restaurant before the after party later that night.
Dinner was wonderful, the service was great as well and the view was gorgeous!
Then it was off to the after party!!
The party was held at a little tiki bar not too far up the road from where the festival events were held. It was a lot of fun just sitting and watching everyone up and dancing to all the old school music they were playing, but we did get out on the dance floor ourselves a couple times!
I really was having a fun time, but sleepyheadedness got the best of me so we decided to turn in early. The next day, Sunday, we had one last breakfast out by the lake and packed up to start our journey home. And even though we weren’t able to get a photo with the dirty dancing sign, we got a photo with our lodge sign!
So there you have it! Those are the last details of our trip to the Dirty Dancing festival! We really did have a wonderful time. Yes, there were some things about it that needed tweaking (people were very vocal about it on facebook….) but I thought it was great. For a festival that has only been up and running for 6 years to see the growth that it has is great and I know it will continue to get better as the years progress and more options are available to the organizers.
I would honestly say I recommend hitting this event up for sure if you want a reason to steal away with your honey for the weekend. Andre and I were very relaxed with our approach and expectations and we came away knowing that we would definitely be visiting this event again in the future!
Hope everyone is having a fantastic week!
Catch up on my previous Dirty Dancing Posts..