MyNorth Traverse Magazine Free Summer 2010 Backyard Makeover Contest, the online home of Traverse, Northern Michigan Magazine, is offering a free drawing to win a backyard makeover worth $2,500. Great summer weather Up North is inspiring plenty of backyard cook-outs and balmy evenings on the deck overlooking verdant woodlands and farms, peaceful inland lakes and streams and the ever-inspiring Lake Michigan shoreline. All this increased backyard activity has many folks wishing they could spruce up their outdoor “room." Here’s where you enter …

One lucky MyNorth winner, chosen at random, will receive:

• A $2000 merchandise certificate to spend as he or she wishes at Labadie’s Summer Place Casuals in Beulah, MI—the largest selection of outdoor furniture in Michigan• A $500 gift certificate redeemable at Crystal Gardens in Frankfort, MI for plants, trees, shrubs and accessories

Traverse Magazine is celebrating 30 years of highlighting the best of Northern Michigan including unique homes, cottages and cabins in Traverse City, Leelanau County, Benzie County, Charlevoix, Petoskey and Mackinac Island. Traverse Magazine and its sister publication, Northern Home & Cottage are invaluable resources on Up North living and style providing:

• The most comprehensive restaurant guide in Northern Michigan• Northern Michigan’s best calendar of events
• MyNorth Home Services directory—a resource for residents and second homeowners
• Feature articles on northern style, green building and design practices and not-so-big homes
• Annual Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour preview• Kids Up North, a weekly series of tips on engaging kids in meaningful activities

“Whether you live in Northern Michigan or are just dreaming about it, there’s no better place to turn than,” says founder and editor-in-chief Deborah Wyatt Fellows., now provides visitors with access to the stunning photography and award-winning articles that are the 30-year legacy of Traverse Magazine and Northern Home & Cottage.

“With such wonderful Northern Michigan landscapes, from hilltop views, to orchard and vineyard vistas and of course the panorama of Lake Michigan waterfront, people want to live outside,” says Fellows. “One lucky prize winner will be able to do that even more comfortably. And our helpful articles will make enjoying Northern Michigan’s seasons even easier for all.”

About MyNorth MediaMyNorth Media, founded as Prism Publications Inc. 30 years ago by Deborah Wyatt Fellows, publishes Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine, Northern Home & Cottage, MyNorth Vacation Guide and MyNorth Wedding, in addition to several other print and online publications. It also hosts, the online home of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine.

Traverse Magazine and its staff have won more than a dozen national and international awards for excellence, including a 2008 silver award for general excellence from the City and Regional Magazine Association and the 2007 “Magazine of the Year" award from the International Regional Magazine Association.

MyNorth Media has also published Reflections of a Life Up North, a coffee-table book of stunning photography from Traverse Magazine paired with a collection of Fellows’s columns, The Cottage Cookbook and 101 Ways to Love Traverse City. MyNorth Media is also a proud sponsor of many events including the Traverse City Film Festival, Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival and the National Cherry Festival. The privately held company is headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan. For more information visit or call (231) 941-8174.