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The term summer colony is often used, particularly in the United States and Canada, to describe well-known resorts and upper-class enclaves, typically located near the ocean or mountains of New England or the Great Lakes. Many of these historic communities are considered quiet bastions of old money, though some, such as the The Hamptons, are also 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.


Well-known summer colonies in North America

United States








New Hampshire

New Jersey

Listed from north to south:

New York


Rhode Island




  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 83 (4): 466. doi:10.2307/215826.  
  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 0553272934.  
  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 1560987995.  

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