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The nature of Mackinac Island is that it doesn't change too much. It's historic buildings, fort, cottages and natural landmarks keep fans returning time and again. But like any tourism destination, some change is inevitable and even good (especially if it involves food).

After some careful investigation, which often involved repeated visits to some establishments, here's my list of what's new on Mackinac Island this season.

The big news is the opening of the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum. Housed in the former Indian Dormitory at the east end of Marquette Park, this museum provides a showcase of Mackinac-related artwork from the last two centuries, including some Native American artifacts recovered on the site of the museum. The lower level of the museum features the Kids' Art Center that allows young participants to work with a variety of media to create their own Mackinac-inspired art!
The Mackinac Art Museum located in the Indian Dormitory

To coincide with the opening of the Art Museum, Mackinac Parks is hosting the Grand Mackinac Antiques Appraisal Showon July 15. If you've ever watched 'Antiques Road Show' you'll probably want to attend the Mackinac Island version. Proceeds benefit Mackinac Associates, a non-profit group that helps preserve Mackinac's rich history.

New lodging is available at the Voyageur Inn, located at the end of Bogan Lane. The inn is managed by Bogan Lane Inn and has a three-night minimum stay.
Voyageur Inn

The Butterfly House, a longtime island attraction, has opened a downtown gift shop and ticket center. Located on Main Street, the shop is between Martha's Sweet Shop and OrrKids Bikes.
Butterfly House Gift Shop

A popular island restaurant has changed ownership. Three Brothers Sarducci is now Island Slice Pizza and I'll attest that it's good pizza!
Island Slice Pizza

For those wanting a taste previously not available on the island, Texas Turkey Legs has opened on Hoban Street next to the Village Inn. In addition to the giant turkey legs, they also offer fish tacos, roasted corn and even sweet tea!
Texas Turkey Legs

Goodfellows WIngs and Things, located in the Lake View Hotel, expanded over the winter, converting the former 'Sticky Paws' shop into an outdoor patio area facing Hoban Street.
Goodfellows Wings and Things

A few other new additions to the island include Photos By Blair, owned by Steven Blair, opened on Astor Street across from the Mustang Lounge.
Photos By Blair

Mackinac Island Bike Shop is advertising tours of the island, but at present are being delayed pending approval of the Mackinac Island State Park Commission, which regulates tour groups operating within the park.

The Biddle House on Market Street, one of the historic downtown buildings operated by Mackinac State Historic Parks had barriers removed from the kitchen area. Visitors can now interact with the interpreters and even help with the baking, cooking and cleaning!

We also found painters putting a new color on the Mackinac Island Public Library. We found the color fits the library well, especially if you've ever been inside. It's one of my favorite spots on the island to relax.
Mackinac Island Public Library

For an island that firmly plants itself in the past, it's good to see a few things that are new and benefit the visitor and resident alike. I hope you'll take time to visit the new Mackinac Art Museum, along with the other listings I've included.

I've tried to be thorough in my list, but if I've left something off that is new in 2010, please let me know!

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Tags: 2010, Island, Lodging, Mackinac, Museum, New, Restaurants, Tourism, Visitors

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Comment by Melody James on August 15, 2010 at 8:09pm
Just found your blog the other day and am so anxious to start following it. My husband and I (and sons) adore the island. We have been coming there yearly ever since my husband and I honeymooned there 17 years ago. We try to make it up 3 or 4 times each year. It is our magical place. Nothing like it. ;)
Comment by Amy McCarney on July 24, 2010 at 2:03pm
Just stumbled on to this Blog and I love it! Keep up the good work!
Comment by Madeline Okerman Adie on July 20, 2010 at 8:46am
I enjoyed reading this - thanks Mike!
Comment by Hilde DaVanon on July 19, 2010 at 6:02pm
WooHoo more stuff to check out when we get there! Thanks Mike!
Comment by Karen Snyder on July 12, 2010 at 4:10pm
Thanks! Loved the pictures and the info. Some of these I knew about, but alot of what you mentioned was "news to me", so thanks. This will come in handy when we come to visit this summer.
Comment by Kathy Strukel on July 8, 2010 at 9:09pm
Great to hear about some new spots! I know the grandkids will love the art museum -- they are both very creative. And Turkey Legs? We'll have to check that out as well.

Do you happen to know if the patio at Goodfellows is pet friendly?

Thanks for the great info, Mike!
Comment by Heath A Tracy on July 6, 2010 at 11:52pm
Thanks Mike! I always love reading your blogs on the island! Keeps me in touch even when I can't be there! :)
Comment by Brenda Coleman on July 6, 2010 at 3:26pm
Thanks! Some great new places. I am going there this Friday for the Round Island Light House open house. I am so excited.
Comment by Irene Schwab Cowley on July 6, 2010 at 1:43pm
Thanks, Mike! Great pictures, and of places that don't usually get photographed much! This gives me a much better picture of what to expect . . . next time!

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