What About Bob? Babysteps to the Filming Locations…

“New Hampshire???!!”

In the 1991 comedy favorite What About Bob?, Bill Murray plays Bob Wiley who is a manic hypochondriac with paralyzing paranoia that tracks his new psychiatrist Dr. Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss) and his family to their summer retreat in Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire.  Incredibly shocking, the film was not made in New Hampshire but on the shores of Smith Mountain Lake, around 30 miles southeast of Roanoke, Virginia.

Now, I understand there’s probably many of you that are huge What About Bob? fans, but I must warn you-it is quite an undertaking to get out to these locations as they are not near any large airports and there really isn’t a lot to see.  Nevertheless-here’s what I found.

Here is Dr. Marvin’s summer home.  Aside from a few minor changes to the exterior it’s largely the same as it was in the film.  It is tucked away from the street, and as I tiptoed (or baby stepped?) back to take a few pictures a small dog went berserk as I snapped a few pictures before fleeing the scene.

The home was for sale last year and I’m not even sure if it’s currently occupied, but here are a few pictures of the interior I lifted from the realty advertisement so you can see how it looks today.

In a roughly 30 minute drive back towards civilization, the general store and bus scenes were filmed in downtown Moneta, VA.  I’m not sure if this area was fixed up specifically for filming, but it seriously looked like not a soul had even stepped foot in the area in 20 years.  The general store looked to be abandoned (and trashed) with large amounts of junk piled up.  The entire block looked deserted and long forgotten.  As for the diner from the film, I doubt that was located in this area.

One of the other filming locations used was the Elks National Lodge in Bedford, VA.  It has been an exclusive retirement home since the early 1900’s and has been remodeled on the inside since filming but you can still pick out a few reference points from the screenshots.  The staff was very welcoming and accommodating and let me take whatever pictures I pleased.

Other locations, specifically New York at the beginning and a Los Angeles church at the end were also used in filming and I will update them when I get the chance to visit.

If anyone has any idea where the diner and dock scenes were filmed, please let me know!  Hope you enjoyed this little trip to the faux Lake Winnipesaukee!


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18 Comments on “What About Bob? Babysteps to the Filming Locations…”

  1. August 10, 2011 at 7:19 am #


  2. August 11, 2011 at 10:59 pm #


  3. August 21, 2011 at 10:56 pm #

    We live about 35 min from the Moneta store fronts and visited there this weekend and were absolutely appalled at how the city has let those buildings fall to ruins. This used to be the main road to the lake but I guess the new road allows people to bypass the old town so no one even knows it’s there. The city should be ashamed! They could have really capitalized on tourism from the movie.

  4. August 22, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

    Yes totally! I guess it will be left to rot for now. Pretty sad.

  5. Mark Kazmer
    September 17, 2011 at 9:50 pm #

    I am coming to NH next month and staying in Laconia and was hoping to see some of those sites. Bummer that they let the Moneta store fronts go – I would have dropped a few dollars there I’m sure.

  6. September 17, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

    Do you mean new Hampshire or Virginia? 🙂

  7. BJ
    May 17, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

    well I talked to Bill Murray at the AT&T in Pebble Beach. Don’t remember what it was about.

  8. BJ
    May 17, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

    the Elks Home is for sale.

  9. MM
    June 23, 2014 at 7:09 am #

    I was traveling on business back in the 90’s and accidentally came across this store. It looked just as it did in the movie, minus the Winnipesaukee sign. You see stores like this often in rural areas , there must be something distinctive about this one however, as I recognized it right away. I had imagined that it was still in business and still look the same. It is somewhat depressing to see the reality of its current condition. Thank you for sharing these photographs.

  10. Susan
    January 28, 2015 at 9:09 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this! It is sad to see the store in this condition… The beginning where they are in the offices of Dr (after filming classic NY) is actually an office building in downtown Roanoke. Roanokers would recognize – it was an old bank building and it is downtown Roanoke you are seeing out the window.

    • January 29, 2015 at 8:15 am #

      I had no idea about Roanoake! Very interesting. I took these photos nearly four years ago, so the store may be worse off. Maybe not!

  11. james
    February 22, 2015 at 8:33 am #

    The dock scenes and sailing scenes were filmed at Bernards Landing. This community is just down the road (route 616) from the house. When Bill Murray is lashed to the mast you can clearly see Smith Mountain behind him.

  12. March 23, 2015 at 10:11 pm #

    So fun to see this blog post! I grew up at Smith Mountain Lake, and remember all the excitement around the film. The store fronts in Moneta did used to be that beautiful in real life. So sad they’re ruined now. What About Bob? is a masterpiece.:)

  13. November 29, 2015 at 11:08 am #

    Where is the area located where Bob was running down the road when Anna was driving the car?

  14. Luke J
    March 20, 2016 at 3:32 am #

    I’ve also wondered where that location is, I even tried to work it out using google earth. The actual address of the property is Scruggs Rd 8254 smith mountain lake, also now there is extra houses on the property. I’m currently in the process of recreating the house, all the contents in it and property as it was in the movie in a 3d program. there’s a lot they don’t actually show you in the movie, for example the lowest floor, and both sides of the house are hard to see, the rear of the house, and Anna’s room isn’t shown at all. Also the 3 windows you see on top of the roof, looking at the front of the house, I have no idea what is behind them except the one one the far right is their en suite.

  15. athena
    April 13, 2016 at 2:42 am #


  16. athena
    April 13, 2016 at 2:47 am #

    Production had to move south because at the real Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, the leaves were already turning for the fall season.

    September 21, 2017 at 8:13 am #


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