I took notes during the trip, but haven't been motivated to organize them into anything. Post-Vegas Depression kicked in, and going back to work sucks after any vacation, never mind a Vegas one. As always, it was just my husband M and me. We get one trip a year, and the past 4 years have been to Vegas. I won't do a day by day report, since our days have plenty of downtime, and I doubt anyone will find it interesting. Flight: We flew Southwest. I always get Early Bird both ways, since I'm just not going to be prowling the SW site exactly 24 hours before the flight, especially on the way home. We got between A15 and A25 on all legs. On the first leg out, the flight wasn't full (first time I've been on SW flight that wasn't full or oversold), so we actually got a whole row to ourselves. That plus the drink coupons for being a SW Rewards Visa cardholder made for easy flights. There was a delay on the way home due to the fire in the Air Control Tower in Aurora, but only an hour. Didn't stop some people from bitching about how they'd "never fly Southwest again!" Seriously. As if SW set the fire, or was the only airline affected. Hoover Dam from the plane Car rental: I booked Hertz for the gold service. We do tend to splurge on the car (if you've gotta drive on vacation, at least drive something fun!), so this time we tried the Cadillac ATS/ Infiniti G37. It's a "reserve this exact model" category, but lists 2 different model as the exact one you're reserving. When I first booked, it only had the Cadillac listed, but then when I added the flight number it changed. The price went down too, so not a big deal overall. We ended up with the Infiniti, which was nice enough, but is another one added to the list we've rented but wouldn't buy. The key wasn't an actual key, which led to our not remembering to actually hand it to the valet once. Oops. Hotel: I booked a One Bedroom Penthouse suite at the Vdara through the Mlife site. This is our third stay there, as we really just love how relaxing and easy it is there, as well as the location. I had put a request in for a view of the fountains. We arrived to the hotel at about 1:30, and hoped the room would be ready. The agent who was checking us in, Kali, saw the request, and asked us to wait for a minute while she checked with her manager and housekeeping to see if a room with a really great view would be available soon. It took a while to check everything and hear back from housekeeping on the timeframe, but she kept us informed of what she was doing, how long it may take, and made sure he had water while waiting. In the end, the room would be ready about 3. We decided to go ahead and wait for the better view. She got us checked in and gave us the keys so we'd be able to just go up to the room. I gave her a $50 as a tip at the end of this process. (Yes, I over tip. I am in customer service for a health insurance company and get screamed at for a living, so I would rather err on the side of being overly generous. I know how much people can suck when you deal with the public for your job.) After killing some time in Bar Vdara (get the strawberry smash - it was excellent!), we went up to room 54008, and were blown away by the view. The rest of the room was great, as always. I love going barefoot in the kitchen and bathrooms - the tile feels almost soft. Beds are super comfy, and having the fridge and extra powder room is very handy. Also, (I think because of the tip), when we came back to the room the 2nd night, there were chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne for us. Such a nice touch! And chocolate covered strawberries and mimosas make a lovely breakfast. Gambling: We are fairly low rollers. I budgeted a bankroll of $2100 for the week, and came home with about $1000 of that left - from not playing it rather than any winning. I play mostly slots, and mostly the Lord of the Rings slots. I did play a bit of 50- or 100-play JOB video poker. I probably should have played more of that and less LotR, but I tend to get bored when there aren't any video-clip bonus rounds to hope for. I did try a couple new slots (Wonder Woman and Ironman), but lost too much too quickly to be entertained. M played only VP, also 50-100 play JOB, except when we were in the Cromwell. He couldn't find VP he wanted to play, so he sat next to me, playing the LotR Mordor slot. He must have hit a bonus round at least once a minute, but it didn't make him enjoy the game. Shows/Entertainment: We spent the first 3 days at the Barrett-Jackson auto auction, drooling over all the great classic and custom cars. I've decided I need a Daytona blue '63 Vette, as well as a pickup from the 40's or 50's. And some classic muscle car in Plum Krazy, because that's the only way M would get in a purple car. Link to my shutterfly album from the auction, for those interested: https://alhanalasa.shutterfly.com/pictures/193 We also saw Blueman Group at the Monte Carlo. We've seen them before when they were at the Venetian, and enjoyed it. We had great seats, right on the center aisle, and far enough back from the poncho zone to be safe. It was a good show, but there were technical difficulties right before the finale. It completely stopped the show for a good 15 minutes, and completely killed the energy. I feel bad for the performers. The highlight of the trip was a private tour at Roos-n-More zoo in Moapa. It's exit 90 of I15, and we had to dodge some flood damage repair on the highway and local roads to get there. For $250, up to 10 people get hands-on, up-close interaction with several animals. Exactly what you get to touch depends on the current rescues as well as the moods of the animals. Lots of fun, but the best part was the baby Ring-Tailed Lemur, King Julian. He was very friendly, and so soft. He had a great time licking M's hands (salty from sweating), and fell asleep in my lap. The tour guide was the head zookeeper there, and she lives on the property. She had lots of great information about each animal, and stories about what they are like at night and things like that. The zoo's website isn't very up to date, but you can book a tour there. Anyone who likes animals should do this. The rest of the report is going to be about the restaurants, which is the primary draw for M and me. Bankroll budget was $2100, food budget was $3375. And whereas I had $1000 left of my bankroll, I only had about 400 left of the food budget. This will give you some insight on my priorities, and help to explain why I gained 6 pounds in a week despite walking 12-15 miles a day.