We are about 75% packed for our big vacation that starts tomorrow. This will be an awesome trip and our longest Vegas Vacation to date at 10 nights. I’m hoping to keep you guys as updated as possible but I do tend to fade out from the reporting a bit as a vacation goes on. The reason for this trip is first and foremost our 10 year Vow Renewal ceremony on July 6 at Aria and second fo have an awesome vacation in our favorite city. I’ll lay out some of the things you may or may not get updates and pictures of depending on how diligent I am in keeping up with this report. We will also be joined at different parts of this trip by 6 Vegas virgins of various ages so I may be playing tour guide quite a bit but also just catching up with family and so please understand if I disappear for a day or two at a time. I do like to do trip reports though so I can look back and have a record of the fun as I am not on any social media besides LinkedIn so a TR gives a nice way to relive memories from the trips. Transportation: 1st class on Delta from OKC to Las Vegas with a layover in Salt Lake City. Departing OKC at 1:50 pm and arriving at LAS at 6pm. We will catch a cab to Encore. We are mainly cab and not rideshare people when in Vegas. Also have limo that comes with Sky Suites picking us up from Cosmo on the 5th and also taking us to the airport on the 9th. Hotels: 6/29-7/1 at Encore in a resort king room. Booked this buy one night at $99 get second night free offer from them to extend what was already an 8 night trip because hey, why not spend two more nights in Vegas. Also have a little resort credit and free play so the cost for the second night plus resort fees is basically a wash. 6/30/7/5 at Cosmo. Even though we are still at Encore Wednesday night we are going to check into Cosmo that evening and take some of our stuff over so it’s less of a hassle in the morning and because my brother in law and his wife are coming into town that night and staying at PH so we will head to Cosmo after dinner to check in, slot around, and wait to meet up with them. Host has me in a 1 BR fountain view Terrace. We’ve never stayed in this room type before, with both previous stays we paid the upgrade fee from the comp for wraparound terrace suites, but we both didn’t really feel the need for the big suite over 4th of July weekend, we want the FV And didn’t want to pay what they would have wanted for the upgrade fee for a FV Wrap for the 4th. Also have some resort credit and free play at Cosmo. 7/5-7/9 - Aria Sky Suites. This room we are paying full freight for but at a hell of a bargain compared to what rates are running now that Vegas is Back. We have a Panoramic Penthouse, this will be our first stay at Aria and we are very much looking forward to it. My interaction so far with Sky Suites concierge to arrange certain things has been very pleasant. At this point in the trip my father and mother in law and a dear friend of mine and his lady will also be in town, and since Aria is where we are having our Vow renewal, this suite makes a lot of sense for us. Activities: as mentioned, we have our 10 year vow renewal ceremony on Tuesday the 6th, which will be outstanding, but in addition to that we have the following things already reserved or purchased. Spas: Encore and Aria. I will be getting massages at both, my wife is getting a facial at Encore and a massage and mani/pedi at Aria. We both really enjoyed all of the Encore spa amenities in the past and are looking forward to experience the Aria. Cabanas: we have a Chelsea cabana booked for 7/1 at Cosmo and will be joined by my BIL and his Fiancée. We also have an Aria Mega cabana booked for July 7 the day after the bow renewal and will be joined by all of our friends and family. Shows: wife and I purchased Bill Burr tickets for Friday 7/2 before Cosmo sent me an email that I could get complimentary tickets so we are going to donate our Comp tix to my BIL. Our whole group of 8 including by FIL and MIL are going to Absinthe on the night of July 4. This will be the very first Vegas show for everybody but my wife and I, and we weren’t expecting her parents to go, but they called at the last minutes and said they wanted to go to a Vegas show. Well, we all have front row seats so I hope they love it as much as we do! My wife and I also have tickets for O on July 8 the night before we leave. We have seen it before and enjoyed it so we are looking forward to that. Our favorite Cirque style show was Le Reve even though it wasn’t CDS, but obviously that show is gone forever now. gambling: I am primarily a BJ player here in OK But I play a lot of slots in Vegas. I am anticipating that mainly being the game of choice this trip as recent reports of table minimums at the places I will be do not sound promising. I am hoping to maybe sneak away for an afternoon down to El Cortez as I enjoy their $10 double deck game. I don’t mind playing green chips or even $50 minimums occasionally as long as it’s 3/2 so we shall see if I run into any of that. I am also known to play a little roulette and I did try Baccarat at my local recently and I could see myself playing a little in LV if I can find decent money bets. As far as slots go I’m a Quick hits junky. I’ll probably concentrate as much of my play at Cosmo as possible to keep up a good relationship I have started with a host there and because I really like their Identity program and resort. The location is perfect, the casino is high energy, they have excellent food choices, and they have taken good care of us to this point. Anyways, usually I will play a couple times a day, either early in the AM or during the day sometime my wife and I will wander from machine to machine and play together, and then usually later at night I will venture down by myself and degen for a while as my wife tends to go bed much earlier than I do. Food: reservations so far include: Milos for lunch, Mizumi, Costa Di Mare, Jaleo, Overlook Grill brunch, Wing Lei, Bardot Brasserie brunch, Scarpetta, Catch, Carbone, Din Tai Fung, and Noodles. We also Love Block 16 although I am sad Pok Pok Wing is gone, and we will definitely be doing some room service and various other quick eats that I don’t care to list. The variety and quality of restaurants is one of the huge draws of Vegas for us as OKC is not exactly what I would call a culinary wonderland. I will likely take lots of pics at the restaurants to share with you all. I do not drink at all and my wife isn’t much of a drinker and when she does it’s usually a Tito’s and tonic with no fruit, so don’t expect pics of fancy cocktails. Ok, so hopefully I will be able to feed the ravenous appetites of my fellow VMB’ers as I like to return the favor of all the wonderful contributors of this board. I will do my best. Tomorrow morning is busy, we have to finish packing, take our two Schnauzers to the Vet where we board them, and then we both have dental cleanings before heading to the airport.