Retro Savannah: Enjoy History Of A More Recent Vintage!

Art "The Beagles" at Hon Gallery | Photo (c) Thunderbird Inn / Tim Nealon

Labradoodle goes to Hon Gallery. Notice "The Beagles" art? A nod the Swinging Sixties on our retro, dog-friendly Savannah visit to Hon Gallery in City Market. Photo (c) Thunderbird Inn / Tim Nealon.

Savannah is a city known for her history – but who says history has to be ancient to be history? In 2010, the Thunderbird Inn – “The hippest hotel in Savannah” ™ – made the National Register of Historic Places, representing the classic roadside motel of the 1960s. Gas was cheap, cars were big and Americans were mobile. The nuclear family of those Cold War years parked its station wagon outside classic motels like the Thunderbird and enjoyed the traditional American vacation.

The Thunderbird was built in 1964, which lands it in the middle of one of the most creative, memorable and, yes, historic decades of the past century. The Civil Rights Movement, the space race, the Beatles, the mini-skirt, the Pill … oh, it was quite a decade! Continue reading

Americana, Bold and Old in Savannah, Part of “What’s New”, says retro Thunderbird Inn

Savannah, Georgia, is an old town with a new spirit! Thunderbird Inn is thrilled to be a celebrant of what’s new about the old, and champion of retro Savannah!

In November 2011, a guest wrote, “Feel new in the old” in a TripAdvisor review, talking about Thunderbird Inn in downtown Savannah, Georgia. The inn boasts new interior paint (inspired by authentic historic Savannah colors and Thunderbird’s original paint), and a/c and heat units with popular remote controls, plus hot popcorn on arrival. Those updates are not all that is inspiring guests.

Vintage Savannah Neon sign at Thunderbird Inn in downtown Savannah GA

Retro Savannah Sign

WE BELIEVE OLD IS NEW AGAIN!

Not only a nostalgic thought, “old is new again” is on-trend. Continue reading

Southern Retro Marquee at Vintage Savannah Inn Motel

The Thunderbird Inn in Savannah, Georgia, defines southern retro among 1964 vintage highway motels!

Come enjoy an RC Cola and MoonPie (R) on your pillow after check in. Wake up to Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (R) (a southern delicacy), premium coffee, and fruit juice for a morning pick-me-up…. Oh yea! There is fresh popcorn and cool lemonade through out the day in the lobby… all complimentary.

Savannah Fun Facts from Fun-Loving Thunderbird Inn Retro Hotel

Beer on the Street in Savannah GA | Hidleborg / Flickr Common Use License | Open Container Law

To-go cup required to drink beer on Savannah historic district streets

In the Savannah, Georgia, the “to-go” cup is legendary. The open container laws prohibit the existence of open containers of alcohol in public (on the streets) [Savannah City Code Section 6-1215]. In the Savannah Historic District downtown, city law allows possession and consumption on the street of one alcoholic beverage in an open plastic container of not more than 16 ounces — the “to-go” cup!

Over time we will bring you more story ideas and Savannah fun facts! Continue reading

From Retro to Classic: Christmas in Savannah

From Savannah lodging at The Thunderbird Inn, it’s fun to crisscross downtown Savannah when shopping. From a a basket of southern pralines, to MoonPies(R), or pepper jelly and brittle bread, Savannah is a neighborly place to shop for Christmas and enjoy the friendly, fun spirit of Savannah.

From Broughton Street boutique shops to Telfair’s Jepson Center for the Arts, City Market, River Street shops, and ShopSCAD the shopping ideas offer an amazing eclectic mix.

Check with The Thunderbird Inn for more retro to classic shopping and nightlife ideas! We would love to host your visit to Savannah.

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