This was my 4th trip in a year to the Golden Nugget - some trips were only a couple nights on our way through, so this was really nice to have time to actually relax! A friend was going to be in Vegas for a Hair/Spa show so I tagged along. We flew out of Seattle on Alaskaair. We used our miles to upgrade to first class - starts the trip off right! My host had a new limo waiting for us and we were in the hotel within 40 minutes of landing. We were to have a new Rush Tower Gold Club room but there wasn't one available when we got there so he put is in the Gold Tower Club room - strip view, away from the noise of Fremont Street. Room was fine, as usual, put a few things away and headed down to have a cocktail and play some slots. I always start out at the Reel 'Em In community game, and, for the second time, got a tax form within an hour of checking in! Nice start - up $2100 - put that in the safe and played on the money I had planned on using. Things just kept going well for me, nice $700 or $800 hits 3 or 4 times each day but one. The $1 Pinball machine has always been good for me - sort of like my ATM - but I didn't do as well this time - could only get up $100 or so at a time. The Wizard of Oz Ruby Slippers game was super for me this time - $300 - $700 every time I played it. My friend didn't have as much time as me to play (conference every day) and her luck just wasn't happening! She had fun, but it was far from a money-maker. We ate at the buffet - it's not fancy by any means, but I generally eat the same things at a buffet so I don't need all that - just salad, prime rib, potatoes, and some fish, and of course a couple desserts! We ate one dinner at the Grotto - love the pizza and lemondrops! We had 2 free buffets at the Mirage from Facebook My Vegas - friend had rented a car to go back and forth to the conference, so we used that to go to the Mirage, then after dinner went over to TI (used to stay there - still like the place) then we decided to drive out to see the M. Long way out there - it was beautiful, but so quiet, I felt like I was in church and needed to whisper. It just didn't have a fun vibe at all. One afternoon, we drove over to In n Out for burgers (they don't have them in the Northwest) then headed over to MGM. We ate one evening a light meal from the Grill at GN - good pulled pork sandwiches and fries. Our last night there we ate at Vic and Anthony's ( a must for each trip!) The spinach salad, filet and loaded baked potato plus tasty lemondrops for both of us came to $150. Not bad for a fabulous meal! We also had a breakfast buffet at GN - omelet was good - again, nothing fancy just plain breakfast fare. The MGM was our Vegas "home" before we moved to the Nugget - husband got tired of the mega resorts - wanted something smaller and the Nugget has worked out great for us. I had contacted a host before we ever stayed there and told him what we were getting from MGM and he comped 2 nights up front and said he'd look at our play when we checked out - haven't had to pay anything since! I feel like our play gets a lot more benefits there then we ever did at MGM or TI. He has always given us a great room, sometimes a large suite, once, when family came - he had a suite for us and covered their room as well. My friend checked a couple things off her bucket list - went on the zipline and loved it! She had to have to attendant push her off - couldn't make herself take the plunge - I was really sorry I didn't do it - next time for sure. She also went down the slide at the GN pool. All in all, we had a great trip - lots of fun and laughs as usual. I made some money (nice to have Bank of America nearby so I could put it safely away) and it was nice to have so much time to not feel hurried. We walked to the Catholic Church on Sunday morning for services. While she was at her conference I decided to walk through every casino on Fremont searching for some of our favorite machines - no luck finding them, but it was a nice diversion. Some of the casinos I couldn't get out of fast enough..... kind of grungy, but interesting checking them out anyway. No trips in the near future - husband and I will stay at the GN for a couple nights on our way to Arizona next January. Limo took us back to the airport so we didn't have to hassle with luggage - always a bonus! We were there long enough that I didn't feel sad about leaving, but it didn't take me long once I was home to want to head back!