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Bid on "Mini-Me" Art in Monterey

Art lovers will find delight in the posh Hotel Pacific and Monterey Museum of Art's "Mini-Me" deal. It focuses on the museum's annual exhibit of "small" paintings, photographs, prints, drawings and sculptures, all 7 inches by 9 inches or less and all up for auction, as donated by the artists. The special includes two tickets to the museum, two auction raffle tickets, and a night's stay in a deluxe suite, complete with cozy fireplace to keep the ocean chill at bay.

There will also be a silent auction of "Second Chance Minis" that are unclaimed works of art from the 2009 auction and on display at the hotel through the duration of the special. This annual raffle has become a holiday tradition ever since it was first implemented in 1969 with a Christmas tree decorated with handmade ornaments ("Miniatures").

The package is available through Jan. 3, when the exhibit ends, at $119 a night from Sunday through Friday and $149 on Saturday. For reservations of more information, call 800-554-5542 or visit www.hotelpacific.com. Additional raffle tickets are $5 each, or $30 for a book of seven.