Hip, old Savannah vibe meets old school vintage design at the hip-again 1960′s Thunderbird Inn offering Savannah downtown lodging. We think it’s pretty exciting that our retro hotel in old Savannah is back in vogue. We champion the retro Savannah trend and our retro downtown lodging!
Thunderbird Inn is very near the great retro spots. It is our great honor to name Thunderbird Inn among the great memories and revived places that remain popular from the “Old Savannah” era.
Vital and booming, retro Savannah is open for business! Here are a few Old Savannah Story Ideas —
The Old Savannah has been re-purposed along the “West Broad Street” corridor is today’s Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Along this west Savannah historic district thoroughfare are vintage Savannah history, often missing in the “old Savannah” stories.
- Ships of the Sea Museum is the mansion of SS Savannah shipbuilder William Scarborough. The largest private garden in the historic district is there. Modestly priced admission.
- Savannah College of Art and Design Museum was Central of Georgia railroad offices. Admission is free to view permanent collections, including the Walter O. Evans African American Collection.
- SCAD’s 150-seat black box Mondanaro Theater in Crites Hall, formerly Kahn & Co., a nationwide linen distributor.
- The Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum highlights how Savannah integrated peacefully during the 1960′s, while violence rang out elsewhere across the American South.
- SCAD’s Pei Ling Chan Gallery is a magnificently restored bank with gardens open during for special gallery showings.
Retro Cafes and Restaurants Celebrate Simpler Eras
- Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room was the spot where President Barack Obama dined for lunch with Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson in 2010.
- Leopold’s Ice Cream shop’s soda shop atmosphere and nostalgic family recipes (like Tutti Frutti, Johnny Mercer’s favorite) were revived on Broughton Street by movie producer Stratton Leopold.
- The Distillery serves up craft brew beer and silent movies.
- Made more famous as a movie location in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Clary’s Cafe ‘s southern breakfasts are Savannah favorites and served all day. It has a reputation for the best cuppa Joe in town!
- Recapturing an era of Prohibition, Crystal Beer Parlor reopened in 2009.
The Railroads Are Rolling Again!
Nearby is the Roundhouse Railroad Museum and landmark of the Battle of Savannah during the American Revolution. Railroad viaducts are being restored, and Savannah College of Arts and Design’s “Working Class Workshop“, dormitories, and showrooms. The River Street Streetcar is a heritage streetcar line in Savannah, Georgia in the United States. It began regular operation on February 11, 2009 and shuttles between 7 stops along River Street, next to the Savannah River.
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Thunderbird Inn is eager to be a storyteller for these and more retro- and west-Savannah Historic District stories.