SCAD Graduation: Cool Hotel, Hot Tickets

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Got a soon-to-be SCAD grad on your family tree or your Facebook page? If so, you need to get busy. Graduation ceremonies are June 2, and the Thunderbird Inn is already half way to full that weekend.

The SCAD Class of 2012 (Savannah College of Art and Design for those of you who missed acronym practice) has grown so large that it will take three ceremonies at the Savannah Civic Center to fit all the pomp and circumstance in. Read the schedule and details at http://www.scad.edu/experience/events/commencement/index.cfm.

Or you could just take our word for it. The largest, most comprehensive ceremony starts at 9 a.m., with seating opening at 8 a.m. Translation: you’re gonna want to get here Friday. And the later of the two degree presentation ceremonies doesn’t wrap up until 6 p.m. Translation: stay Saturday night, so you can celebrate in style.

You can drop a fortune on hotel rooms in Savannah – but thanks to the Thunderbird Inn, you don’t have to. A room with two double beds is $146/night, and king rooms are $159/night. Or splurge for the amenity-rich retro king rooms at $175 a night. (Plus tax, of course – but as someone smart enough to know a college graduate, you expected that.) And parking is both available and free at the Thunderbird, and we’re within walking distance of the graduation venue.

No wonder the Thunderbird Inn is already half-full for SCAD graduation weekend!

And don’t worry if not everyone in your party can score a ticket to the graduation (they’re in limited supply, you know.) All rooms at the Thunderbird come with free Wi-Fi. Hey, we may be retro but we’re also the hippest hotel in Savannah!

Copyright (c) 2012 The Thunderbird Inn, Savannah GA.

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

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Spring has Sprung – Savannah Style

Thunderbird Inn's garden historic Savannah GA USA

Refreshed Spring Garden at Thunderbird Inn, Savannah GA USA

Written by “Landscapes by Rick”
www.landscapesbyrick.net

There’s no place on Earth quite like beautiful downtown Savannah, also known as the ‘First City in Georgia’. From the stately historic homes and businesses to the 22 beautiful squares, signs of spring are everywhere. Mother Nature has been very kind to us this year. Temps have been in the 80’s this week. What beautiful weather for ‘playing in the dirt’. Yes, I refer to my job as ‘playing’ because landscaping is my passion. When I’m planting, all the problems and cares in life just seem to take a back burner. I like to think of it as therapy.

One of my favorite places to ‘play’ is the historic Thunderbird Inn located on West Oglethorpe Avenue, just a short walk away from the heart of downtown Savannah. The moment you arrive, the atmosphere makes you feel like you’re right at home. Hats off to Mark Thomas, General Manager, and all his staff for their hard work! Continue reading

Be Part of Springtime’s Music Festivals In Savannah!

Savannah Music Festival lodging Savannah downtown at Thunderbird Inn

Downtown Savannah lodging for Spring music festivals

Savannah really heats up in the spring, and as the hippest hotel in town, The Thunderbird Inn is right in the center of it.

Lots of March’s activity in Savannah centers on music. There’s the Savannah Stopover Music Festival with more than 70 up and coming (or already there) bands from March 7 to 10, but that’s just for starters. The Thunderbird Inn downtown has special rates $89/weekday. Rate code to request is S_Over.

The big boy on the music block is the Savannah Music Festival, which arrives March 22, 2012, and runs through April 7. It offers three weeks of world-class music in 23 different genres. Put on your dancing shoes at a zydeco dance party, savor the best in bluegrass, check out masters of jazz – all at venues within easy striking distance of the Thunderbird Inn. Request special lodging rates for festival goers — $89/weekday, $129 weekend dates. The rate code to request is SMF.

At The Thunderbird, we live and breathe the Sixties. Since music was so central to that decade, it stands to reason we attract a lot of music fans. And, with our vintage rates, you’ll still have money left over to buy tickets and T-shirts!

Of course music isn’t the only thing happening in Savannah’s springtime. The Ships of the Sea Museum, just around the corner on the boulevard (41 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., to be precise) will be unveiling its beautiful new garden this month, the perfect complement to an intriguing museum collection housed in a gracious historic mansion. The museum advises probably in April 2012, but no specific date is set yet.

Be part of spring in Savannah! Make your reservations today at The Thunderbird Inn, the hippest hotel in Savannah ™. To stay in tune follow us on Twitter @TbirdInn and Facebook.

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

Thunderbird Inn is on the Bandwagon 2012 Party!

Bandwagon Savannah 2012 by Savannah lodging Thunderbird Inn sponsor

Thunderbird Inn downtown Savannah is lodging sponsor.

At the Thunderbird Inn, we don’t just call ourselves “the hippest hotel in Savannah.” No, we live up to the title by being a cool place and by doing cool things. That made us anatural to be the hotel sponsor for Bandwagon 2012 – a Savannah poster art festival that also includes a major record show/sale, not to mention a free street concert with live music. Thunderbird Inn was also the 2011 lodging sponsor.

Posters? Vinyl? Hey, they rocked the Sixties!

Vinyl wasn’t today’s little niche for sound fanatics, it flat-out ruled – if you had your own music, it was on vinyl. And our walls were plastered with posters, that affordable, accessible art form. We had psychedelic ones, black light versions, flocked black light versions, all those variations on the “Endless Summer” poster, you name it. Pop culture in the Sixties is where posters and records met up and got married.

Check out how poster art has evolved, and even try your hand at some printmaking during Bandwagon. Oh, and did we mention – it’s free! It runs Saturday and Sunday, March 3 and 4, and the big street dance is on Montgomery Street Saturday night. The locations – the Savannah College of Art and Design Student Center and the street in front of Seed Eco Lounge – are easy walking distance from the Thunderbird. Registered hotel guests can leave their car in our lot and party their hearts out.

We’re glad we got on the Bandwagon! Read more at www.attendbandwagon, which has a cool guide you can download. Thunderbird Inn lodging in downtown Savannah is sold out for the Bandwagon event.

P.S. Georgia’s biggest musical event just got news in USAToday, so we encourage you to make early reservations for Savannah Music Festival (March 22 – April 7, 2012) — $89 weekday / $129 weekend deals at The Thunderbird Inn downtown.

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