The phrase, “We spent our summers at this camp in the Catskills... or Ocean City... or the Jersey Shore” is something that I hear baby boomers say, but don’t hear younger generations say. What happened to the idea of a repeating destination resort where you would spend a few weeks there with the entire family and it was always the same people who would go year after year?
The movie Dirty Dancing is based on this concept and takes full advantage of the setting. They played off of the idea of summer romance within a short time. The vacationing girl falling for the staff bad boy, and a list of available activities, classes, dinners, side adventures, and even a closing talent show to cap the perfect vacation.
I know my Grandparents did this when they were living in Detroit. Every year they would take 2 or 3 weeks, drive up to the middle of the UP where they would stay on a lake. They had the same few weeks every year and everyone around them at the camp also had the same few weeks. It created a small community of vacationers, and eventually, several of them bought property on the other side of the lake, and became real neighbors.
Does anyone do this anymore? Do you have a vacation place that you go to on the same weekend year after year? Do you see the same people there every time you go? Why has this idea fallen the way of the record player and tail fins on cars? Could we see a resurgence of this idea? How would society have to change for this to happen? Do these destination resorts, such as the Catskills even exist anymore?