Northern Michigan: Meet's Winter 2012 Contest Winners!

Northern Michigan: From sophisticated wine dinners in Traverse City to a luxurious ski and spa weekend at Crystal Mountain Resort to family fun at Raven Hill Discovery Center, Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine and have been busy partnering up with local businesses all over Northern Michigan to offer great contests for the winter 2012 season. We've got the winners, and how you could be next!

Ski & Spa Getaway at Crystal Mountain

Is there a better way to enjoy a Northern Michigan winter than with a little slopeside fun? Perhaps with a trip to the spa to soothe those ski-worked muscles? Traverse Magazine | felt the same way! That's why they teamed up with Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, MI to offer a fabulous Ski and Spa Getaway package. Almost 900 people entered for the chance to win, the names went into the bucket for a random drawing, and a winner was chosen…

Congratulations to Jim M. of Grand Rapids, MI! He and his wife Julie will be living the Up North life with a two-night stay at Crystal Mountain Resort, complete with rentals and lift tickets and a gift certificate to their resort spa. Excited to have won, Julie said "my husband and I are always looking for a reason to visit Northern Michigan." A weekend of resort skiing and spa pampering? Seems like a pretty good reason to head North!

"Local Food, Global Wine" Dinner Ticket Giveaways:

Last month, the new "Local Food, Global Wine" event entered Northern Michigan's foodie circuit, and Traverse Magazine | jumped aboard. A collaborative effort which aims to represent Northern Michigan as an international food and wine destination, "Local Food, Global Wine" works with area restaurants to feature event dinners, where world-renowned wines are paired with Northern Michigan's culinary talent.

Dozens of people emailed in to say why they wanted to win a pair of tickets to the first and second "Local Food, Global Wine" events in Traverse City. The emails ranged from funny to endearing, and while everyone deserved to win, only two names were drawn from the pile of letters.

Bryn L. of Traverse City was the winner of the tickets to The Bay Leaf's Spanish Wine Dinner on January 25th; and how fitting- Bryn is a local Spanish teacher! Bryn went to the dinner with a group of Spanish teachers, who were ecstatic to enjoy Spanish cuisine without the airfare. The second "Local Food, Global Wine" ticket winner has yet to taste her prize, but is excited at the prospect. Sandy H. of Hudsonville, MI won tickets to Tuscan Bistro's Southern Italian Winemaker Dinner on February 16th. Not only will Sandy be celebrating an evening of amazing food and wine in Northern Michigan, but her and her husband's 25th anniversary as well!

Family Membership to Raven Hill:

Sophisticated dinners, romantic weekends away… but what about the kids? Raven Hill Discovery Center had Northern Michigan's little ones covered with their contest for a one-year membership, offered in MyNorth's Kids e-newsletter. Located in East Jordan, Raven Hill provides a learning environment fit for the whole family that is filled with the perfect balance of science, history and nature.

Families wrote in to Traverse Magazine | with heart-warming stories about why their children should win a membership to Raven Hill for 2012. We wished that everyone could have won this one, but congratulations goes out to just one family- the very deserving Lundy's in Kewadin, MI. Maggie wrote in with the following letter, which she has agreed to share:

"My 10 year old grandson, Sean, lives with us. He is in the 4th grade at New Campus School in Traverse City, and recently went to a hands-on and exotic animal exhibit with his class. Sean is emotionally impaired with bipolar disorder, so learning is hard for him, but he enjoyed the outing to Raven Hill very much and has asked to go back. This would be a great opportunity for Sean if he won a membership."

Maggie was thrilled to share the good news with Sean, and we hope that the Lundy family enjoys spending 2012 at Raven Hill Discovery Center with their new membership!

"We've been celebrating and protecting Northern Michigan resources for more than 30 years," says Deborah Wyatt Fellows, founder of Traverse Magazine and CEO of MyNorth Media. "In everything we do, we hope to inspire someone to enjoy Northern Michigan. Whether it be with an article in our magazines, a video on or by awarding one of our promotions, we are delighted to be able to share the treasures of being in Northern Michigan."

(Note: Winners in Traverse Magazine |'s write-in contests are randomly chosen and not based on the content of the letters. Everyone's stories are always so touching, it would be impossible to choose a winner otherwise!)

Do you want to win? Traverse Magazine | is always offering fantastic Northern Michigan prizes. Visit to check for contests, or sign up for our free e-newsletters and have our latest contests delivered right to your inbox!

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