Overall We had another amazing Vegas trip. We normally prefer to stay at only one or two hotels during a trip. This trip, we decided to try out the Tropicana and their remodeled rooms. We were busy all the time and got to hang out with some friends from Las Vegas and Canada. We met a lot of people and had a blast which is a big change from our regular trips where we just enjoy each other all week. Flight Midwest/Frontier from PHL to LAS ***(3 stars)*** Frontier planes have the animals on the tails and tvâ€™s in the seat backs($6 fee). They also have â€œstretch seatingâ€ in the first four rows($25 additional charge for 5-6â€ more leg room) We connected through Milwaukee out and Denver back. No issues. Hotel #1 South Point - 3nights ****(4stars)**** We stayed there in May for a few days and so here we are again. Really nice property with a Great casino, good pool, and nice food options. We ate at Baja Miguels, Big Sur, Coronado, and Del Mar Deli. The rooms are large. We had a â€œCity Viewâ€ King room on the 22nd floor. Itâ€™s around 7miles from the strip, but the lights still look good at night. Biggest area of opportunity was the linens seem old and worn compared to other properties. Hotel #2 Tropicana - 2nights ***(3stars)*** We were impressed with the upgrades to the casino and rooms in May, so we decided to take the Trop for a test-drive for a few nights. Rooms are comfortable, casino is relatively small and well laid out. The place was pretty busy overall although tables were really slow. Half of the pit was closed through the night. The pool is already amazing. They are finishing the Nikki Beach area that is set to open next year. Very relaxing areas by the pool. Not crowded at all although the temperature was near 90degrees. This has become our favorite pool in Vegas due to the nice garden/grassy areas. They have opened some new restaurants over the past year. We thought about trying the Italian and Steakhouse places but passed for other options. I talked to another guest who had the pre-fixe dinner and said, for 39.99, it was a great meal. Hotel #3 Mirage - 3nights ****(4stars)**** We love the Mirage for so many reasons. It boasts arguably the best pool in Vegas. The food options at the Mirage are good. The beds are the most comfortable in town. Although we donâ€™t really care much for the casino, it is right next door to Caesars which is our favorite place to play on the Strip. Only ate at BB Kingâ€™s on this trip. Events/Shows Sin City Sinners @ Sunset Station: *****(5stars)***** Local rock band with a lot of kick. This is always a fun show. They boast Brent Muscat of Faster Pussycat fame, and their front man Todd Kerns is a *Star* fresh off Slashâ€™s world tour. Saw them both Fridays @ Sunset Stationâ€™s Club Madrid.(Very nice venue - free show) The Jimmy Crespo Project @ Sunset Station's Club Madrid ****(4stars)**** These guys rock! Saw their first show and their front man, Chris VanDahl, is more Steven Tyler than you'll see at most Aerosmith shows.(Take it from someone who's seen a few) If these guys are playing around you, go. Steel Panther @ GVR: ****(4stars)**** A must for all lovers of 80â€™s hair metal bands. They are a comedy routine wrapped in some kick ass music. Great show. Saw them on Saturday @ Green Valley Ranchâ€™s Ovation.(Very nice venue - free show) Yellow Brick Road @ Suncoast: ****(4stars)**** Outstanding musical talent. Very fun show. These guys are great. Saw them on Wednesday @ Suncoast Showroom.(Very nice venue - free show) Glam Star @ Feelgoods: ****(4stars)**** A newly formed 70â€™s rock cover band with Kurt Frolich, Brent Muscat(SCS), D, and James(from YBR). This was their first show and it went very well. Penn & Teller @ Rio: ****4stars**** Great show. Itâ€™s amazing what these guys can do without making it seem cheesy like most illusionists and magicians. They work great as a team and involve the audience in the show. After their show, they come out into the hallway of the P&T theater and meet & greet until the last person is gone.(very gracious indeed) Got discounted tickets through Goldstar.com and seats were pretty good. The Beatles â€œLoveâ€ @ Mirage: *****(5stars)***** Easily the best production show Iâ€™ve ever seen. This was our second time seeing Love and I think I enjoyed it more than the first. There is just so much going on at all times. Sit up high for this show or you will miss out. Summer of Cirque promotion price was $50 for the front row in the balcony. Awesome seats at an unbelievable price. Pawn Stars: **(2stars)** Wanted to see the place to see what they had in there. I was a little disappointed as there were very few items from the show and mostly jewelry. The main three characters were in the back while we were in the shop. Friends of ours were allowed to mill around during taping so weâ€™ll be looking for them next season. They met one of the production managers for the show and we ended up meeting him that night for Fremont and Feelgoods. Rides @ the Strat: ****(4stars)**** I love the BIG SHOT. There is just something unreal about being 1100 feet in the air with your legs dangling beneath you. Watched the sky jumpers go down from the indoor observation deck. Wow. Bowling @ South Point: ***(3stars)*** I know itâ€™s just bowling. But itâ€™s cool that you can come in @ 4am and pay $1/game to bowl a few frames. Pinball Hall of Fame: ***(3stars)*** Great selection and at a new location on Tropicana Ave. Fun time playing machines from the past five decades. Restaurants Coronado CafÃ© @ South Point: ****(4stars)**** Graveyard specials are perfect for 5am DelMar Deli @ South Point: ***(3stars)*** Pastrami on Rye - Huge sandwich. Very tasty. Great desserts. Big Sur @ South Point: ***(3stars)*** Lobster grilled cheese was tasty with lots of lobster tail meat only. Baja Miguels @ South Point: ****(4stars)**** Lunch Specials are $7.99 and include a very tasty margarita. The food is average Mexican at fast food prices. Service is always good and itâ€™s a nice place. In-n-Out: ****(4stars)**** Everyone from the left coast thinks Iâ€™m crazy, but we donâ€™t have these places back east. We love doing In-n-Out once per trip. And they are open 24hrs. Tacos & Tequila @ Luxor: ****(4stars)**** Used a Restaurant.com gift cert, otherwise, itâ€™s a little over-priced. Very nice dÃ©cor and good service. Above average Mexican food. Ellis Island: **(2stars)** Yep. Finally had the opportunity to go get the steak special @ EI. At 5am, anything sounded good. The serving was good. If I had it to do over, Iâ€™d order it med.rare as it was a bit dry and Iâ€™d opt for the mashed instead of the fries. But, like I said, at 5am it was fine and the price is terrific. Lucilleâ€™s @ The District(GVR): *****(5stars)***** We went to Lucilleâ€™s for the live blues band on Saturday before Steel Panther. They have an after 9pm happy hour special with half-priced apps and drinks. WooHoo!!! We tore that up and everything was real-good. Definitely do the potato skins app(they put some bbq pulled pork on the skins under the cheese). We liked Lucilleâ€™s so much, we went back for lunch in the middle of the week. Everything is great here. We like it a little better than Famous Daveâ€™s. The Blues band was very good also. Mr. Luckyâ€™s @ Hard Rock: ****(4stars)**** We love the milk shakes here. Had a Restaurant.com certificate to use so we ordered Black and Blue steak sandwich - very good, and the BLT - good. After $25off, bill was a whopping $18 after tip. Kahunaville @ TI: ****(4stars)**** Been to this place several times. Had a $7.50 lunch special coupon which is good on 8menu items. The sandwich sampler was great and didnâ€™t leave you feeling heavy for the rest of the day. They also have good burgers at this place. Triple Play: ***(3stars)*** Itâ€™s a little place off Sahara and they have a great steak sandwich. Met a friend there for dinner before a show @ Feelgoods. Margaritaville @ Flamingo: ****(4stars)**** Ok. I take a lot of crap for liking these places. But, the view from the third deck outside is one of the best in Vegas. Most of the food is below standard and overpriced, but we do love the seafood chowder and the Berry Coladas. BB Kingâ€™s @ Mirage: ****(4stars)**** Great atmosphere and good food. Prices are not bad, and they have a good evening happy hour. Gaming We gambled less this trip than any other. There was just too much to squeeze into 8days that gambling took a back seat. We had gotten spoiled over our last few trips, though where we were bringing back enough to pay for the next trip. That didnâ€™t happen this time. I stopped counting what M was losing because we werenâ€™t gambling much. I think she lost everywhere this trip which wore on her by the third day or so. I lost a little bit everywhere until Thursday when I gained all but $40 back. Once again, no big wins but no huge losses either.