List of summer colonies

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. The term is not popular in Canada, where 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.

Well-known summer colonies in North America

United States


Listed from north to south:
Listed from north to south:
Rosario Resort and Spa, Orcas Island, was a hangout for John Wayne. The Wayne family summers were often spent in the waters off the Pacific Northwest coast, from Seattle to the San Juans.