How Retro Can You Go-Go in the American South?

Retro hotel in Savannah Georgia visits dog friendly art gallery

Retro hotel's pet lover visits Savannah City Market retro art gallery that is pet-friendly, too!

In the American South, how retro can you go on a single vacation? Without a functioning time machine, what wonderful amenities from the traveling past can you experience for the first time, rediscover with delight, or introduce your children to?

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Our Man Mark: Young, Hip and Awarded

Mark Thomas, Thunderbird Inn in downtown Savannah GA downtown

General Manager Mark Thomas named to 2012 GenerationNEXT in Savannah, GA

Hats off to our own Mark Thomas, general manager of the Thunderbird Inn (that’s us!)

Mark has been named to GenerationNEXT, a group of 20 (actually, 21 this year) business leaders under age 40 recognized for their business sense and humanitarian efforts by Savannah magazine and Business in Savannah (BiS). You can read Mark’s story, and those of his fellow honorees, in the March/April edition of Savannah magazine. It notes: “Mark Thomas found his business niche in the world of ‘retro travel’ by creating a uniquely Americana-style experience at the Thunderbird Inn.”

Congratulations to a forward-looking man who saw the future of the past. The circa 1964 Thunderbird got its groove back, thanks in large part to Mark, who crafted one of America’s dwindling numbers of classic Sixties motels into a fun, relevant and affordable lodging alternative. The Thunderbird is simultaneously the hippest hotel in Savannah™ and on the National Register of Historic Places. How’s that for versatility?

We’re proud of you, Mark! Give that boy a MoonPie® !

Press Release: Thunderbird Inn – March 2012

Copyright (c) 2012 Thunderbird Inn. All rights reserved.

Modern Amenities and Yesteryear Treats at the Thunderbird Inn in Downtown Savannah GA

SAVANNAH GA (March 19, 2012) — What if you could get the best of the present and the past in a hip hotel room you could actually afford?

Funny you should ask, because that’s exactly what you can get at the Thunderbird Inn, the hippest hotel in Savannah. Three special rooms – the deluxe king – have now been outfitted with perks that offer the best of modern entertainment, along with some retro treats that helped define “deluxe” back in the Swinging Sixties.

Let’s review the new (and new-old) treats:

Magic Fingers! Yes, the real Magic Fingers! Time was, they were the cutting-edge amenity for circa-1960s motels. You dropped a quarter in a bedside slot, and the bed vibrated in a relaxing massage. Call it kitschy or call it kinky, it was a cultural icon. Anyway, the Thunderbird’s new Magic Fingers are better than the old version because you don’t even need a quarter to make them work.

Vintage typewriters! Yes, texting had a grandmother, and her name was typing. To go with these venerable communication devices, the Thunderbird Inn will throw in a stamped envelope so you, too, can send snail mail.

Wii game consoles, with games available from the front desk.

Streaming Netflix®, where the thousands of movies and TV shows include both contemporary fare and vintage Sixties offerings, like the original “Star Trek” series.

• Radio alarm clocks equipped with iPod® docking stations, so you can go retro while keeping your ears firmly planted in the present.

The Thunderbird Inn also offers free Wi-Fi to all of its guests (sorry, we just couldn’t stomach the idea of re-creating the screech of the dial-up modems of the recent past.) But wait – there’s more! A tiny little mint isn’t cool enough for the Thunderbird Inn. When we turn down your bed at night, we put a MoonPie® on your pillow. Welcome to Southern hospitality!

See what we mean about the best of the present and the past?

Savannah Americana nostalgia | Thunderbird Inn has nostalgic Magic Fingers

Nostalgic 'Magic Fingers' in Savannah, GA -- FREE in Deluxe King Suites

Magic Finger, Wii, and Wi-Fi are only a few of the reasons to stay at The Thunderbird Inn, the hippest hotel in Savannah ™. Stay tuned, and ask us anything on Twitter @TbirdInn and Facebook.

About The Thunderbird Inn

Located in downtown Savannah, Georgia USA, the popular Thunderbird Inn is the poster child for southern retro travel in America. Offering a delicious, newly refreshed slice of Americana lodging, the classic roadside motel was originally built in 1964. It now features 42 well-designed and stylishly appointed hotel rooms, featuring new colors that blends authentic historic Savannah colors and Thunderbird’s original paint palette. In keeping with the fun hotel’s southern retro vibe, nightly a MoonPie® is on your pillow and Krispy Kreme® donuts are the highlight of an on-the-go breakfast 365/7.

(c) 2012 The Thunderbird Inn. Savannah, GA. Toll Free 1/866-324-2661

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!

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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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