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The term summer colony is often used, particularly in the United States, to describe well-known resorts and upper-class enclaves, typically located near the ocean or mountains of New England or the Great Lakes. In Canada, the term cottage country is often preferred. Many of these historic communities are considered quiet bastions of old money, though some, such as The Hamptons, are now well known for their celebrity-driven social scenes. Additionally, their economies tend to be driven largely by this tourist trade, particularly those communities that are remote or on islands. Some summer colonies within sufficient proximity to an urban center, such as Lake Bluff, Illinois, may eventually become a year-round commuter town, while retaining the original character.

Well-known summer colonies in North America[edit]

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New Hampshire[edit]

New Jersey[edit]

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New York[edit]

North Carolina[edit]

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Rhode Island[edit]



Rosario Resort and Spa, Orcas Island, was a hangout for John Wayne. The Wayne family's summers were often spent in the waters off the Pacific Northwest coast, from Seattle to the San Juans.[4]



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  1. ^ "In the Imperial language of the time, Bar Harbor was a summer colony, and its local residents were natives" Hornsby, Stephen J. (October 1993). "The Gilded Age and the Making of Bar Harbor". Geographical Review. American Geographical Society. 83 (4): 466. doi:10.2307/215826. JSTOR 215826.
  2. ^ "Martha's Vineyard, that summer colony for the super rich and those who come to gawk at them" Rodriguez, Richard (1982). Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez. Bantam Books. p. 195. ISBN 0-553-27293-4.
  3. ^ "the transformation of Nantucket from decaying backwater, long since past its heyday as a whaling center, into a thriving tourist area." Brown, Dona (1997). Inventing New England: Regional Tourism in the Nineteenth Century. Smithsonian. ISBN 1-56098-799-5.
  4. ^ "Northwest Prime Time".