Majoring in Hipness at Thunderbird Inn, Savannah GA

Summer’s great, but we’ll admit it – we like Savannah best when our friends from the various colleges are here! And if you are a new or returning college student and don’t know the Thunderbird Inn, well, there’s a cool surprise in your near future.

You see, you’re gonna want to show off your cool new hometown (that would be Savannah) and your cool new college (which could be SCAD, Savannah State, Armstrong Atlantic, Savannah Tech or any of the other academic institutions we have trouble keeping up with.) Invite your friends to visit so you can show off your great taste in geography and academia. It’s what weekends were invented for!

Old Savannah Tours near Savannah hotel -- Thunderbird Inn downtown Savannah GA

Old Savannah Tours headed to River Street

But there’s a downside of having your best friend from high school sleeping on your dorm room floor. And there’s a limit to how many people per square inch can occupy your apartment (remember all those roommates you have?) The solution? The Thunderbird Inn, the hippest hotel in Savannah!

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Shoebox Treasures: Savannah Photography

SAVANNAH GEORGIA (July 31, 2012) — Savannah makes great photographers. So grab your cheap point-and-shoot and head out to capture Savannah. You see, the first requirement for a great photo is a great subject – and Savannah’s got that covered.

Savannah photography Ellis Square fountain | Photo (c) Tim Nealon. Used with permission.

Savannah GA Downtown: Ellis Square fountain

In photo albums and shoe boxes across America, assuming you looked long and hard enough and concentrated on stuff that was stashed since 1962, you would find family vacation photos featuring the Thunderbird Inn’s iconic sign and happy groups gathered around the family station wagon in our parking lot. Those were shot on Instamatics, or something like them, perhaps with those revolving flash cubes that burned your hand if you touched them too soon after they went off. Or maybe our yesteryear photographers were using Polaroids, with the square photos magically taking shape before your eyes even as the chemical stench filled your nose.

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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.

Train station Savannah GA USA rail travel

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.

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Popular Retro Hotel Mascot, George Monk Sock Monkey, at Thunderbird Inn Savannah USA

Allow us to introduce George Monk, our retro hotel mascot and one of the hard-working staff members here at the Thunderbird Inn, the hippest hotel in Savannah, Georgia USA.

Retro Savannah hotel mascot George Monk at River Street Sweets Savannah GA | Photo (c) 2011 Thunderbird Inn / Tim Nealon

Hotel mascot, George Monk at River Street Sweets, Savannah GA downtown

George serves as the Thunderbird’s official ambassador. Sometimes he hangs around our office, assisting with hotel bookings and supervising the popping of fresh popcorn to welcome Thunderbird guests. He seldom misses our breakfasts, either, when we set out hot coffee and Krispy Kreme® donuts, and he frequently offers to help us put out the MoonPies® we put on each guest’s pillow at night. No wonder he’s always stuffed!

Afternoon Refreshers: Tips & Fresh Savannah Itinerary Ideas

Savannah travel tips from the front line staff at The Thunderbird Inn in downtown Savannah are valuable! They hears guest feedback and they try for themselves the cool things to do in downtown Savannah, Georgia.

During our recent brainstorming sessions, new things to do in Savannah surfaced. Tips follow for afternoon refreshers — things to stay cool during your Savannah visit.

AFTERNOON REFRESHERS

1. Cool off with one of Wet Willies Frozen Daiquiris. I love to mix the White Russian and the Banana flavors together because it tastes like a chocolate covered banana.
2. Enjoy a bucket of steamed or raw oysters from Bernie’s Oyster House.
3. Indulge in the tastiest ice cream in the south at Leopold’s Ice Cream parlor.
4. Stop by The Distillery for a craft brewed draft and Fried MoonPie.
5. Enjoy one, two or three of the 25 flavors featured at Café GelatOhhh! in City Market.
6. Quench your thirst with some lemonade from a street cart.
7. Run through the water spray fountain at Ellis Square or Forsyth Park.
8. Cool off in your room with some fresh lemonade, popcorn, and cold ac — all complimentary to our guests!
9. Feel like you’re in Paris, while sipping on a hot or iced café Americano at the Paris Market.
10. Shop around the many stores and boutiques that Broughton Street has to offer.
11. Get a group of friends together for the Savannah Slow Ride! Pedal your way around all the gorgeous squares.
12. Enjoy one of American Legion’s many drink specials! — ultra affordable!

Stay tuned! More itinerary ideas to follow soon from “the hippest hotel in Savannah”.

ABOUT THUNDERBIRD INN

Declaring itself The hippest hotel in Savannah™, the delightfully quirky, Thunderbird Inn (42 rooms) is where the historic downtown Savannah location and hip 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