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.
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!
It seems the Brown’s folks are impressed by our retro style and our budget philosophy – and who wouldn’t be? Our circa-1964 classic roadside motel is as true to its era as anything you’ll find in historic Savannah. Our rooms are clean, fresh and charming – plus they’re amenity-rich. We’ve added just enough of today to keep your yesteryear experience sharp, with things like Wi-Fi throughout the Thunderbird. Pick one of our deluxe king rooms and you’ll enjoy such features as streaming Netflix and a Wii game system. All this for a price that won’t break the budget! Plainly, it’s no accident that we’re known as Savannah’s hippest hotel.
So thanks, Brown’s Guide, for noticing what we do. Keeping the history, but dumping the stuffy part – that’s us! We’re not like everybody else. We like that about ourselves.
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 →
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 –
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.