Our annual trip to Vegas is upon us, and I cannot wait. It has been a rough year. We head out tomorrow morning around 8:00AM, dropping off our doggie at the vets to board her and then gassing up the van for the big trip. The goal is to be on the road to Vegas by 8:30. Our friend is having a Thanksgiving party at her parents’ house in Tehachapi at 2:00PM so our plan is to pop in there for a couple of hours and get back on the road by 4:00PM. Saturday night we are planning to stay in Jean, NV at Gold Strike. Background: Years ago, we used to stay there quite often because it was cheap and we loved the old school machines and the free arcade downstairs. However, the last time we stayed there was over five years ago and they only had a smattering of machines and one place to eat open. It was touted as a buffet but they only had like two options on what you could get. We figured it was on its way to demolition town and haven’t been back. We have read recently that they are under new management and making improvements so we figured “what the heck?” might as well see what it’s looking like now. It’s only one night if we hate it. J Sunday we pack up and head in to Caesar’s for two nights. Background: Two years ago I signed up for the CET Total Rewards credit card and have used it faithfully as I would my debit card. Groceries, gas, dining, bills etc. Since it is money I am going to spend anyway, I just pay it off at the end of the month with my checking account so I don’t have any interest and there is no annual fee. Last year I earned enough points to pay for our stay at the Flamingo and some shopping in the gift store. This year it will be paying for our two nights at Caesar’s. I highly recommend getting the card for anyone on the fence about it. It has really come in handy. We normally would never be able to afford this hotel without it. On Tuesday we pack up and are doing one night at Aria. Background: This night is courtesy of the MyVegas game on Facebook. I’ve played on and off for years and since they were getting so skimpy with their comps, I never really cashed any in the last couple trips. End result was enough points to get a weeknight room at Aria. I’m really excited about this as I’ve heard nothing but good things about the rooms. Wish we could afford to stay longer than one night. Wednesday it’s time for us to start paying with our OWN wallets so we are heading downtown to stay at the Golden Gate. Background: Almost every trip for the last couple of years we have always said we would stay the last night there because we never had and always wanted to just to say that we did. However we ended up cutting those trips short by a day and always cancelled our reservations. This year we are finally going to do it. I opted for a suite since it is the only suite that we would be able to afford in Vegas, for the last three nights. Our loose goals for this trip are(in no particular order): · White Castle at Casino Royal · Shake Shack at NYNY · Bellagio Conservatory & Fountains · Dinner at NOBU · Cosmopolitan · Ice Cream at The California · Harley Davidson Café · The Mob Museum · The Burlesque Museum · Early morning Fremont St crawl · Group slot pull at Mirage · Frank’s Tiki Lounge · Big Ern’s BBQ · Getting my husband’s ear re-pierced · Possible Spa treatment at Ceasar’s That is all I can think of right now and only a few of those are locked in deals, the rest are if we have the time/money. Mostly I’m looking forward to relaxing. I’ve filled up my Ipad with movies and my Kindle app with the rest of the Harry Potter books I haven’t read yet and want nothing more than a day of just laying in bed, reading and watching movies. We aren’t really big gamblers anymore but we do enjoy some slots and black jack and the husband plays craps as well as video poker. We prefer take out to dining in a restaurant as we have a bad habit of eating our big meal right before bed. Having said that, this will be my first attempt at a live trip report, I hope to have lots of pictures to share but probably not a lot of slot/chip porn and the food pics will probably be in take out containers.