All Aboard for a Quirky Destination: Amtrak Train Travel to Savannah GA

SAVANNAH Georgia — If you are a fan of retro, you have an appreciative eye for what other people tend to overlook. You see the beauty in something from the living past, not just the ancient past. What you admire today, the rest of the world (or at least the rest of Savannah) will be raving over 50 years from now. You are not stuck in the past – you are half a century ahead of your time.

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Train trip: Savannah Amtrak train station art

Take, for example, Savannah’s Amtrak train station (2611 Seaboard Coastline Drive, which isn’t really that far from the Thunderbird but which does require a vehicle and some navigational skills). Yes, yes, you can bemoan the loss of the old Union Station (which would have been in walking distance of the Thunderbird had it survived) as a misguided, short-sighted urban renewal disaster. But that doesn’t mean the replacement train station isn’t an underappreciated gem. It was built in 1962 (two years before the Thunderbird opened its doors) and it is a perfect little time capsule discovered on a train trip to Savannah, Georgia USA.

A slice of Americana in Savannah, the train station’s original décor and design are inexplicably well preserved and maintained. The place is even clean. On the interior walls, two murals face one another, spelling out Savannah’s history in after-dinner-mint pastels. There’s a lighted sign in turquoise letters directing you, ungrammatically, to “Taxi’s.” Best of all, there’s a great train mural picked out in little square tiles by the front door (a location that is no doubt completely unseen by most of the travelers who pass through the railroad station.)

Savannah has elegant mansions and a long, rich history, and that’s just great and we love that. But it’s her quirkiness, with places like a strangely charming train station — still accommodating train travel in the American South — that completes the mix that makes Savannah a perfect destination. The Thunderbird Inn is proud to be part of that.

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Declaring itself The hippest hotel in Savannah™, the delightfully quirky, Thunderbird Inn (42 rooms) is where the historic downtown Savannah location and retro motel eccentricities meet up. Featured in New York Times, Southern Living, Miami Herald, Best10.com, TravelMuse.com, Dog Friendly magazine, the Telly Silver and Telly Bronze award-winning, downtown inn-hotel recaptures the southern retro spirit of the Swinging Sixties. The youthful General Manager, Mark Thomas, has directed the much-touted marketing toward a bold, free-spirited and young again approach, making the most of the popular resurgence of retro in the United States. Discounted Savannah lodging was never so much fun! Ask about discount local coupons, Staff Picks, MoonPie® on your pillow, and dog friendly / pet-friendly vacation accommodations. 611 West Oglethorpe Avenue, Savannah, GA USA 31401. Toll Free Reservations (866) 324-2661; International +1/912-232-2661; Fax 912-233-5551. Twitter: @TBirdInn; E-mail info@thethunderbirdinn.com; Web: TheThunderbirdInn.com