Book — xxii, 231 p.,  p. of plates : ill. (some col.), map ; 29 cm.
Introduction: the American resort hotel and its expression on the New England coast
Connecticut: the Long Island Sound shoreline
Rhode Island: Narragansett Bay, Watch Hill, And Block Island
Massachusetts: the South Shore, Cape Cod, and the islands
Massachusetts: the North Shore
New Hampshire: the beaches, New Castle, and the Isles of Shoals
Maine: from kittery to Cape Elizabeth
Maine: from Casco Bay to New Brunswick.
This is a sweeping, richly illustrated architectural study of the large, historic New England coastal resort hotels."Summer by the Seaside" is a lavishly illustrated work on the origins, evolution, and gradual decline of the resort hotel phenomenon and its architecture along the New England coastline and on its offshore islands. In this indispensable, breakthrough volume, Bryant F. Tolles, Jr., the recognized expert in this popular field, examines the landmark hotels, extant and not, in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Together these hospitality enterprises helped define the upscale tourist industry and key aspects of New England social, cultural, economic, and architectural history between 1820 and 1950.Exhaustively researched and beautifully assembled, this stunning and informative volume is the definitive work on the history of travel and tourism in coastal New England during this period. (source: Nielsen Book Data)