The Mountain Ash Inn operated from the 1920s to the 1950s. Miss Lennamon, who owned the inn, had cottages built behind the inn for many of her friends, who rented them. She designed the cottages with particular people in mind; one had an ell to accommodate a concert pianist’s grand piano. Each cottage had a name. The property had a salt water pool and tennis courts. Meals were served on white tablecloths in the inn.
The few remaining cottages are private residences, and the main inn building is now the dormitory for the Wooden Boat School. The center of the complex is the Town Green.
Summer colonies at Flye Point and Haven also were popular vacation destinations in Brooklin. The Haven Colony, at Center Harbor where the steamboat came in, was started in the late 1800s with a boardinghouse owned by Noah Tibbetts, a Brooklin native who worked for the U.S. Pension Office in Washington for 48 years. In the early 1900s he built a number of cottages, which he rented with all services for $5 to $7 a week. They were later sold as summer homes. Many of the summer people, among them John Wesley Powell, came from Baltimore and Washington. Descendants of the some early rusticators continue to come to the Haven Colony every summer.