This is my first trip report, so please forgive any errors in etiquette (and spelling). I will try to include times and costs in my report. I will also give my opinion of the food/places we ate keeping in mind that food is subjective and I'm not an expert. A little background about us. We are a 50ish year old professional couple from Michigan. We are very low rollers (no comps for us). We went to celebrate our anniversary as we had gotten married in Vegas 12 years ago (stayed at Monte Carlo - 1998). We were there again about 9 years ago (stayed at Lady Luck - 2001), so we were way past due for a trip out there. I was able for find a half way decent price on airfare and a reasonable package at Harrah's which included the Buffet of Buffet's deal. Saturday, Oct 2. - Up at 3:00am EST for a 6:00am flight with a quick plane change in Denver. We arrived in Vegas about 9:30am PST. Yippee! We did carry on so no baggage claim. We went to the shuttle stop to grab the shuttle to the Rental Car Center. We decided to rent a car this trip. I use Enterprise here at work and have a corporate account with them. I reserved a compact car with my corporate account in hopes of an upgrade. The compact car for 4 days was $99 total including all taxes. When we got to the rental counter with (my sweetest smile) and stated that my office here in Michigan (where my corporate account is) asked that as a courtesy to me, if they would be so kind to give me a complementary upgrade. Sure, no problem. I was upgraded to an Intermediate Car for the same rate. Score! We got in our rental car and headed for the strip. Since it had been 9 years since we'd seen the place we wanted to check it out. I noticed that you couldn't really see down the stip, like we used to. Then it dawned on me that the trees and greenery had grown up so much in that time. Duh! We decided to take a ride down toward the Stratosphere to check things out. We were starving at this point and had heard wonderful things (from this board) about the Peppermill. It was close to noon PST, but our tummy's were saying 3:00pm EST. The place was pretty crowded, they took our name and asked us to wait in the bar area. I placed my first bet. A one dollar bill into the VP on the bar top and doubled my money! I was hoping that it was sign of things to come. After about a 15-20 minute wait we were seated. DH and I decided to split a spinach, feta and veggie omelette breakfast that came with hash browns and a toasted bagel. It was plenty for both of us as they make their omelettes with 10 eggs. I have to say, it was delicious. I loved it. Total bill about $12.00 + tip. If you like breakfast, this is the place. Next, we headed back South on the strip to Harrah's, which would be our home for the next 4 days. After doing some reserch ahead of time, I knew that there was a sort of by-pass around part of the strip on Koval Street. I also knew this was a great back entrance and parking area for Harrah's. We easily found a parking spot and went inside to register. Our package was for a 4 night standard room and 24 hour buffet package for about $350. I debated on trying the $20 trick, but decided to take a different approach. Since it was our anniversary, I simply asked for an upgrade. I told her is was our anniversary and had heard that sometimes they can offer a complimentary upgrade if they have rooms available. She said she would check. She said she couldn't offer us a suite but would offer us a Deluxe room with a pillow top king bed, flat screen, etc. Score again! We were given a room in the Mardi Gras Tower on the 8th floor. Not a great view, but the room had been updated, was clean, quiet and the bed was very comfy. I would have to say the only thing that seems kind of worn, was the hallway. The carpet in the hallway seemed like it needed to be stretched back into place and it seemed to always need vacuuming (not dirty, just kind of messy). By this time it was about 2:00 in the afternoon PST and we were tired from traveling and only having about 3 hours sleep the night before. The plan was to take a quck rest/nap and hopefully head to Mon Ami Gabi for dinner before going to see Terry Fator at the Mirage. However, we still had to pick up the tickets at Will Call by 4:00. After a little bit of a rest, we got dressed and decided there just wasn't enough time to go get our tickets at the Mirage by 4:00, go to Mon Ami Gabi for dinner and be back at the Mirage by 7:00. Instead, we went accross to the Mirage and picked up our tickets a little after 4:00. Then we decided to try the Ellis Island $6.99 steak dinner deal since it would probably be quicker than the Mon Ami Gabi dinner. We got the car and drove over to Ellis Island. We had about a 15-20 minute wait to be seated. Once seated we ordered the steak special. The waiter brought our salads, which were good. I did notice the other tables getting dinner rolls and had to ask our waiter to bring us some. They were warm and good. Soon after, our steak dinners arrived. Both of our steaks were a bit on the tough and dry side. The baked potato was good and the fresh green beans were delicious. Would I recomend eating here? Not really if you are looking for a nice, good place to eat. However, if you are trying to do Vegas on the 'Cheap' then it is fine. After dinner, we headed back to the Mirage to go see Terry Fator. It was about 6:30 by now, so we had a bit of time to spare. We had watched him on America's Got Talent and thought he was very good and deserved to win. Our seats were very good (second tier pricing - about $135 for 2 total) Row A, right in the middle. The show opened with a young man warming up the crowd with some music and dancing. He was very cute and everyone enjoyed his routine. Terry's show was very good. Had a little bit of a lull in the middle but really finished with a bang. Very Good Show. Nice, clean entertainment. Terry was on stage for about 90 minutes. By this time it's about 9:00pm PST and we knew there was a bike (motorcycle) Oktober/Fright Fest going on downtown. DH wanted to see all the bikes and I wanted see all the bands they had playing. We went to get the car and took a drive down to Fremont, parked in one of the parking decks and headed to the party. Wow, what a great party going on down there. Much more casual/party atmosphere going on with a bit of a older crowd. We had a great time walking around, checking out the bands and watching the light show. Now I remember why we stayed down there last time we were in Vegas. Love it down there. Headed back to Harrah's well after midnight PST (3:00am EST), we've been up 24 hours straight and were getting tired. Time to hit the hay. Too be continued with Sunday - Oct 3.