Another great trip to Vegas! By way of background, we are a married couple with no children. Hubby is 44 and I am 36.

We got a very good rate at Bellagio on a standard room; did the $20 trick and got upgraded to our choice of a lakeview or a deluxe corner room. We took the deluxe corner room since we just stayed in a lakeview in November. The room was wonderful! Very large (obviously bigger than the room we had in November) with a view of the pool on one side and the Rio/Palms on the other. The bathroom was large and well-appointed with jetted tub, two sinks, separate shower and very nice toiletries (including hairspray and a lint remover, both of which came in handy). The bed was quite comfortable.

Gambling this trip did not go well for hubby or for me. In fact, we did not win at all! The last two trips were winners, so we consoled ourselves with the thought that we were due to lose. Hubby did not play much craps this trip, which he usually does. Likewise, I did not hit the slots very hard. Instead, we stayed together and played video poker for most of the trip. We particularly enjoy playing at Bellagio (Fontana Bar and the bar at the sports book), Treasure Island (Breeze Bar), Paris (Gustav's) and the Mirage (Sports Bar). All give free drinks if you are playing and all have very friendly bartenders. This trip we also played a little at Monte Carlo (where I hit the only 4OK of the trip), Encore and New York, New York. While we love Wynn and Encore, it is too bad they do not offer free drinks at the video poker bars. As a result, we usually only do one session there per trip--but oh, the Encore makes a delicious white cosmopolitan!

Food this trip was good, though we did not do as many "destination" restaurants as usual. We arrived late Friday evening and ordered from the late-night menu at Fix (Bellagio). We split a Caesar salad, their amazing version of French Dip and the adult mac and cheese. Everything was delicious and we could not finish it, even splitting. Fix also had an admirable, though expensive, wine list. Saturday for lunch we returned to Enoteca San Marco at the Venetian. If you have not tried the fried prosciutto balls, you must! They are heavenly. We finally got to try the steakhouse at Circus Circus on Saturday night. It certainly lived up to expectations and we will definitely go back. We lovd the old-school decor, the bone-in ribeye and the reasonably-priced wine list. Sunday night we ended up getting half-price tickets to Love at the Mirage and so had dinner at Onda. It was fine but not great and I do not see us returning. Hubby's lasagna seriously tasted just like the frozen kind. (My veal cheek ravioli, however, was good).

Love was spectacular. We had seen it once before, about 3 years ago. Hubby's only complaint was we ended up with seats smack in the middle of a row so he could not get up during the performance. I thought the ending was a little different than the prior show. If you haven't seen Cirque show, go! Our favorites are Love and O. (We have not yet seen Zumanity.)

We meant to use the Bellagio pool but got too busy walking the Strip, going to the spa, meeting with friends who happened to be in Vegas, shopping, drinking, gambling, etc.

We went to Canyon Ranch Spa at the Venetian/Palazzo on Saturday morning for a couple's rasul. We've done this one other time on a cruise and loved it. This was fine, but the facility for it wasn't as good as our first experience. If you aren't familiar, this is a couples treatment. You are put in a room equiped with water and steam and given various muds (and, at Canyon Ranch, salt) to rub on each other. It really is a nice way to spend time together and you come out feeling detoxed and with very soft skin. While the treatment was enjoyable, we won't return to Canyon Ranch unless we're staying at Venetian/Palazzo and have a spa credit. Several things contributed to make the experience less than it should have been. First, everyone we came in contact with (except our therapist; James, you were outstanding!) was downright rude or totally indifferent. Second, the walk just to get to the check-in for the spa is LONG. We don't mind walking at all but it really detracted from the desired relaxing experience. Third, we were not given any direction as to what to do once in our robes, weren't offered drinks, etc. We've been to many spas so we figured it out but it seemed chaotic and again, not particularly relaxing. Next trip we've vowed to try Qua at Caesar's.

All in all, a great trip as Vegas always is. We hope to go back in September!