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Now that the summer is officially here, it's time for a vacation. But not just a vacation from work or school, it's time to take a vacation from our problems -- much like the hilarious Bob Wiley in the modern comedy-classic 'What About Bob?' Bill Murray plays the titular character, an agoraphobic, germaphobic, claustrophobic -- you get the idea -- patient of Dr. Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss), a cocky psychiatrist who puts Bob on hold to go vacation in New Hampshire, and more importantly promote his book on TV.

When Bob can't function without his shrink for that long, he musters up all of his free will to find Dr. Marvin. He tracks down Dr. Marvin and his family in the middle of their vacation at the scenic Lake Winnipesaukee. Dr. Marvin tries his best to get rid of Bob, but his advice backfires; urging the neurotic mess to take a vacation from his problems prompts Bob to move in just down the road. Soon Bob is learning how sail with Dr. Marvin's daughter, teaching his son to swim, and falling for his sister. And the saner Bob gets, the crazier Dr. Marvin gets.

Now that the summer is officially here, it's time for a vacation. But not just a vacation from work or school, it's time to take a vacation from our problems -- much like the hilarious Bob Wiley in the modern comedy-classic 'What About Bob?' Bill Murray plays the titular character, an agoraphobic, germaphobic, claustrophobic -- you get the idea -- patient of Dr. Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss), a cocky psychiatrist who puts Bob on hold to go vacation in New Hampshire, and more importantly promote his book on TV.

When Bob can't function without his shrink for that long, he musters up all of his free will to find Dr. Marvin. He tracks down Dr. Marvin and his family in the middle of their vacation at the scenic Lake Winnipesaukee. Dr. Marvin tries his best to get rid of Bob, but his advice backfires; urging the neurotic mess to take a vacation from his problems prompts Bob to move in just down the road. Soon Bob is learning how sail with Dr. Marvin's daughter, teaching his son to swim, and falling for his sister. And the saner Bob gets, the crazier Dr. Marvin gets.

It's easy to see how Bob was able to cure all his problem in a relaxing town like that. We also have the chance to get that relaxed because the beautiful lakefront house resides in a real community off of the Smith Mountain Lake, located near Moneta, Virginia.

Location as Character: The community of Moneta and Smith Mountain Lake stood in for Lake Winnipesaukee, in New Hampshire. The film was shot in the fall of 1992; but to avoid the approaching fall weather, the production was moved south. Much of the town's building and signs were redone to make them look like NH, and many of the town's actual residents were used during crowd scenes. A few props remain in Moneta, and the general store where Bob's bus arrives is still standing.

The Marvin vacation home was an actual house from the Smith Mountain Lake community that is still there today. SPOILER ALERT: At the end of 'What About Bob?' when Bob returns the "fireworks" that Dr. Marvin straps to his chest to the house, it blows up in a fiery explosion. The production actually used a 3/4-sized model blown up on a nearby lot. Many of the town's actual inhabitants gathered on the lake to watch the stunt -- no word on if they rejoiced as much as Dr. Marvin's bitter rivals, the Guttmans.

Historical Significance
: Known as the "Jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains," Smith Mountain Lake is a 40-mile long man-made lake, formed after the damming of the Roanoke River, at the Smith Mountain Gap. Five hundred miles of shoreline have been developed to turn the area into a resort and retirement hub, noted for its boating and fishing opportunities. Golfing, a state park equipped with beaching and camping ground, as well as plenty of restaurants, are just some of the highlights of the community.

Directions: The house is located at 8254 Scruggs Road, in Moneta, VA. To get there from Route 501 South, turn right onto VA-122 South/Big Island Highway. Follow VA-122 S, then turn right at Longwood Avenue. Continue onto North Bridge St., then right West Main St. Next, take the second left onto Crenshaw St., then drive onto VA-122 South/Burks Hill Rd. Follow VA-122 South, then turn left at Scruggs Road/State Route 616. The house will be on your right.

Smith Mountain Lake is about a 45 minute drive from the house itself. If you want to jump in the water, head northwest on Scruggs Road/State Route 616 toward the Indian Ridge Campground. Turn left at Lovely Valley Road/State Route 833, following Lovely Valley onto State Route 668. Keep following Lovely Valley Road, until you turn right at Burnt Chimney Road/State Route 670. Next, turn left at Brooks Mill Road/State Route 834, then turn left at VA-40 East/Colonial Turnpike/Old Franklin Turnpike. Turn left at Kemp Ford Road/State Route 945, followed by a right onto Dillards Hill Road/Lakestone Road/State Route 663. Continue following State Route 663, and you will reach the majestic Smith Mountain Lake.

Visitor Info: The house is a private residence, although you are welcome to walk by and sneak a look. If you want to stay at the lake, don't rush into it. Take some baby steps by first visiting the the official website for everything you need to know.