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Heidi Stone
Heidi Stone, President & CEO
Heidi Stone is President & CEO of Mountain Lake Lodge, having served as its General Manager since 2013. During that time, she has led an extensive grassroots effort to transform the resort - where the cult classic Dirty Dancing movie was filmed 35 years ago - into a thriving, award-winning lodging destination. In 2018, she was named Hotelier of the Year by the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association and Mountain Lake was named Hotel of the Year.

According to Mountain Lake's Chairman of the Board, Bob Donovan, "Mountain Lake Lodge would not exist today if it wasn't for Heidi Stone. When I first visited in 2011, it was rundown and neglected. The Endowment was considering closing the property, but Heidi, a talented hotelier and true visionary, used her insight and passion to save Mountain Lake and make it into the successful resort it is today."

Under Stone's leadership, occupancy, revenues and group business have soared and the property has seen consistent growth every year during her tenure. During 2020 and the pandemic, Mountain Lake Lodge recorded its best year ever as guests sought the timeless allure of its refreshing mountain air, outdoor activities and cabin-like accommodations.

With 30-plus years of hospitality experience, Stone was Director of Sales and Marketing for the four-star High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid, NY for five years. She built its sales and marketing department from scratch and by 2010, despite an economic downturn, the resort was thriving and finished 30% over budget. She also served as Director of Sales and Marketing for The Berkeley Hotel in Richmond, VA, and has worked with such top brands as Hilton, Doubletree, Disney World, Peabody Hotels and Omni Resorts.

Stone has liaised with hundreds of professional meeting planners, Fortune 500 companies and government contract groups, legendary Olympic athletes, and movie and sports celebrities around the world. Most recently, she and her team hosted Eureka Productions and Lionsgate Television to film the "The Real Dirty Dancing" celebrity reality dance competition mini-series; it aired on FOX to a national audience during the month-long February 2022 sweeps.

A native upstate New Yorker, Stone earned her degree in hotel and restaurant management at SUNY. Ever since her teens, when she worked summers as a front desk clerk at the Howard Johnson property down the road, she has wanted to run a hotel. Her mentor, the hotel's general manager, taught her that anything is possible, which is one of the motivations she lives by and now shares with those embarking on a career in the hospitality industry.


In The News

May 29, 2023 - People Magazine
"25 Things to do, eat, & see" By Sonal Dutt

May 8, 2023 - Virginia Living
"Virginia Living is thrilled to announce its twelfth annual Best of Virginia issue"

April 4, 2023 - Convention South
"Virginia's Mountain Lake Lodge offers adventuresome travelers plenty to do"

November 24, 2022 - Escape Magazine Australia

"I had the time of my life at Mountain Lake Lodge, where Dirty Dancing was filmed" by Kara Murphy


November 3, 2022 - Florida Today

"Virginia resort is still 'Dirty Dancing" 35 years later" by Maria Sonnenberg


November 3, 2022 - Richmond Times Dispatch

"Virginia's Mountain Lake Lodge opens ‘Dirty Dancing' retail and online shop" by Colleen Curran


September 30, 2022 - 7Jours France

"On a Visite la pension de Dirty Dancing" by Malik Cocherel


September 24, 2022 - Explore Travel Australia

"Have the time of your life at Dirty Dancing's Kellerman's Mountain House" Ivy Carruth


September 17, 2022 - Yahoo! Japan

"Chef Mike Porterfield's Pot Roast Recipe" by Michiko Ono Amsden


September 8, 2022 - The Wall Street Journal

"Fans Keep Attempting the Famous ‘Dirty Dancing' Lift Scene. ‘I Almost Dropped Her."  By James Fanelli


August 28, 2022 - Roanoke Times

"Business Intel: Salt Pond Pub" By Alicia Petska


August 23, 2022 - Texas Lifestyle Magazine

"Dirty Dancing Turns 35 at Mountain Lake Lodge, Virginia. Go have 'The time of your life!'" by Marika Flatt


August 1, 2022 - Old Town Crier

"Mountain Lake Lodge… More Than Just the Home of Dirty Dancing" by Bob Tagert


July 29, 2022 - The Washington Post

"In Virginia, a weekend full of 'Dirty Dancing'" by Andrea Sachs


July 4, 2022 - Celebrity Parents Magazine

"Stay at Mountain Lake Lodge for the Time of Your Life - Literally" 


June 26, 2022 - Sweet Sauce

"My Dirty Dancing Weekend at Mountain Lake Lodge" by Megan Wilson


March 21, 2022 - Samantha Brown's Places to Love
"6 Classic Resorts that Deliver on Relaxation and Adventure"

March 9, 2022 - News10
"Escape to ‘Dirty Dancing' faux-Catskills resort for time of your life" by Cassie Hudson

Feb. 6, 2022 - Fox News
"Stay at the 'Dirty Dancing' hotel 35 years after the film debuted" by Genevieve Shaw-Brown

Jan. 31, 2022 - Travel & Leisure
"You Can Experience the ‘Dirty Dancing' Hotel in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains for the Movies' 35th Anniversary" by Rachel Chang

Jan. 31, 2022 - Richmond Times Dispatch
"‘The Real Dirty Dancing Competition,' a new reality TV series filmed at Virginia's Mountain Lake Lodge, premiers on Fox this week" by Colleen Curran

Press Releases

May 10, 2024 - New Giles County Trail Center at Mountain Lake Lodge, Gateway to Magnificent Southwest Virginia Outdoors, Opens to Visitors

March 4, 2024 - Virginia's Mountain Lake Lodge Welcomes Acclaimed Executive Chef Stephen DeMarco

December 12, 2023 - Virginia's Mountain Lake Lodge to Become Year-Round Destination

December 6, 2023 - New Year's Eve Magical Celebration Lights Up Virginia's Mountain Lake Lodge

November 14, 2023 - Southwestern Virginia Welcomes New Holiday Attraction, 'Magical Christmas Village & Marketplace' at mountain Lake Lodge

October 2, 2023 - Virginia's Mountain Lake Lodge to Debut Month-Long 'Magical Christmas Village & Marketplace' Holiday Spectacular

august 3, 2023 - Beat the Heat at This Summer's Coolest Escape, Virginia's Mountain Lake Lodge

May 15, 2023 - Salt Pond Pub at Mountain Lake Lodge Kicks Off Summer 2023 With Memorial Day Weekend Party; ‘Sunday Mountain Music Series' Begins May 28 to the Tunes of Ash Devine

May 9, 2023 - Virginia's Mountain Lake Lodge Announces
‘Dirty Dancing Weekend' Schedule for 2024

March 31, 2023 - Virginia's Mountain Lake Lodge Offers Adventuresome Travelers Pristine Trails, Guided Tours, Breathtaking Views and Stargazing

December 7, 2022 - Holiday Happenings at Virginia's Mountain Lake Lodge

November 17, 2022 - Saying ‘I Do' and Feeling on Top of the World at Mountain Lake Lodge in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains

October 11, 2022 - Virginia's Mountain Lake Lodge Debuts Official ‘Dirty Dancing' Retail Center, ‘Salt Pond Living' and More

August 8, 2022 - Mountain Lake Lodge Debuts Salt Pond Pub, Newest Star on the Mountain

May 25, 2022 - Summer Fun and Adventure Abound at Mountain Lake Lodge for Family Time Together

Mar. 17, 2022 - Mountain Lake Lodge Appoints Heidi Stone President and CEO; Executive Team Promotions Announced as Resort Continues Record-Setting Growth

Jan. 27, 2022 - Mountain Lake Lodge, Site of Iconic ‘Dirty Dancing' Movie, Hosts FOX Celebrity ‘The Real Dirty Dancing' Competition Premiering Feb. 1st

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