Introducing Thunderbird Inn’s Historic Savannah Neighborhood

Located in the former rice fields and farm lands of Colonial Savannah, Thunderbird Inn’s reviving entertainment neighborhood in the west Savannah Historic District is often overlooked. We are working to change that.

In the era of railroads, West Broad Street (now Martin Luther King Boulevard) was the entertainment center and transportation center of Savannah. We want to introduce you to amazing places that may otherwise be missed on a trip to Savannah … right off I-16 or arriving to Savannah via U.S. Highway 17 across the Savannah River and Talmadge Bridge –

The Savannah College of Art and Design Museum. The Walter O. Evans Center for African American Studies is at the heart of The SCAD Museum of Art. In the spring of 2010, Andy Warhol was on exhibit. Admission is free.

Ships of the Sea Museum. Showcasing the largest private garden in the Savannah Historic District, the museum’s colleciton of historical ships include a model of the S.S. Savannah. This first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean is at the root of Maritime Day, celebrated annually. In 2010 its May 22. Book signings, lectures, and world music are highlight events to check out.

SCAD’s Mandanaro Theatre. Performing Arts students attending The Savannah College of Design (SCAD) present student productions at the Mandanaro Theateer (150-seats at Crites Hall, 217 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.) Check the SCAD box off for theatrical production dates and time. Repurposing vintage Savannah buildings, Crites Hall was built in 1908. The 39,740-square-foot facility that formerly housed offices and storage space for Kahn & Co., a national linen distributor.

The Distillery Savannah. In 1904, the “Kentucky Distilling Co.,” opened the doors at today’s Distillery location — 416 West Liberty Street, just off MLK Jr. Blvd. Craft brew beer, silent movies and tales of Prohibition are highlights. Sign up for their mailing list here.

Stay tuned … and plan to stay with us soon! We’ll keep introducing you to more of Savannah grand retro places, often overlooked and immensely enjoyed off Savannah’s beaten path.

Please, let us know how we may assist, anytime! – info@thethunderbirdinn.com

Beach Bum Parade

The parade might surprise the unsuspecting visitor. Like most parades, there are floats pulled behind cars and trucks. Unlike most parades, however, the floats, often trailers or boats, are filled with water-throwing paraphernalia. Spectators, lined up along the parade route on Butler Avenue, are armed with buckets, squirt guns and hoses. What results is an all-out water war for fun loving beach bums of all ages.

The EVP Pro Volleyball Tour will also be held the same weekend – a professional and amateur volleyball tournament on South Beach

www.tybeevisit.com

912-786-5444

Educational Field Trip to Ossabaw

This is an opportunity that rarely comes around! We’ll depart from Coffee Bluff Marina and explore some marshland on the way to Ossabaw Island, where we’ll be met by Naturalist and On-Island Coordinator, Jim Bitler. Jim will explain the history of this unique island jewel which was designated in 1978 as the first Georgia State Heritage Preserve. We will explore the historic North End Plantation site and get an update on the preservation and restoration of the tabby slave quarters which recently received national attention. The total time expected on Ossabaw Island itself is roughly two hours and expect a one-hour roundtrip boat ride. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and the cost per passenger is $85, which includes all Ossabaw Foundation fees, guide fees and transportation.

www.coffeebluffmarina.net

912-925-7474