Where was Happiness for Beginners filmed? Guide to all the Locations

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Based on the 2015 novel of the same name by Katherine Center, Happiness for Beginners was filmed in the same locations where the book is set, in the states of Connecticut and New York.

After facing a series of personal setbacks and feeling stuck in a rut, Helen (played by Ellie Kemper) decides to take control of her life and signs up for a wilderness survival course hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Happiness for Beginners filmed

Luke Grimes, who plays Kayce Dutton in Paramount's hit series Yellowstone, co-stars in this romantic film.

Director Vicky Wight previously adapted another story by the same author, the 2020 romance drama The Lost Husband.

Here is our spoiler-free guide to all the filming locations of Happiness for Beginners.

Happiness for Beginners Locations

Pittsburgh skyline
The movie opens with several establishing shots of Pittsburgh's skyline, the Pennsylvania city where Helen is based.

This stock footage also includes a shot of the old Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad Station, which has been transformed into the Landry's Grand Concourse restaurant.
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However, according to IMDb, the city scenes were filmed in Stamford, Connecticut.
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Bear Mountain Bridge Road
On her way to the motel after visiting her grandmother, Helen drives along the scenic Bear Mountain Bridge Road overlooking the Hudson River.

In the background of the scene is the Wheelabrator Westchester incinerator in Peekskill.
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Happiness for Beginners motel
The motel is the Lakeside Motel in Torrington, Connecticut.
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Bear Mountain Bridge
The peculiar troupe crosses Bear Mountain Bridge on the blue bus to get to the start of the trail.

This spectacular suspension bridge was opened in 1924.
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Happiness for Beginners waterfall
The waterfall scene was filmed at Kent Falls State Park in Kent.

Nestled in the picturesque landscape of Connecticut, the area features lush forests, hiking trails, and gorgeous river streams.
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Suffern Bear Mountain
There is a scene filmed at the about 25-mile trail called the Suffern Bear Mountain trail.

Located just an hour away from New York City, this trail kicks off with an uninterrupted 13-mile stretch, free from any road intersections. Your choices are clear: forge ahead or double back.
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The Painted Meadow
The Painted Meadow scene was filmed at the Popolopen Torne overlook in the Bear Mountain State Park, NY.

Offering majestic mountain vistas about an hour and a half drive from New York City in Rockland and Orange Counties, this beautiful preserve is a great year-round destination for outdoor enthusiasts.
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1- Anonymous - Sep 3, 2023, 9:08 PM
The motel is in Torrington, Connecticut. It’s Lakeside Motel on Winsted Road.

2- Anonymous - Sep 23, 2023, 6:19 PM
There is one scene with a yellow blaze on the tree in the background. This is the about 25-mile trail called the Suffern Bear Mountain trail.

One hour from NYC it starts with a 13-mile stretch with no road crossings. You either go forward or turn around.

3- Larry from Oregon - Oct 28, 2023, 9:57 PM
This page says the protagonist’s name is Emma. Wrong, it’s Helen.

4- Larry from Oregon - Jan 21, 2024, 9:17 AM
The movie was average, but the trail scenery deserves an award for best show in nature!


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