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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE With its strip of high-rise casinos, bars, and clubs, South Lake Tahoe has rightly earned the reputation as the lively side of Lake Tahoe. After losing some of its luster over recent decades thanks to its rows of cheap motels and strip malls, South Lake Tahoe has executed a major makeover over the last five years, with new hotels, refurbished old ones, and bright new shopping areas, along with an extended lakeside bike trail network and new beaches and hiking trails. The investments and improvements from 2014 to 2016 alone read like a slot-machine jackpot: $60 million at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe; $25 million at Zalanta Resort’s condo and retail development; $24 million at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa; $20 million at the Landing Resort & Spa; $12 million at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe; $8 million at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel; $8 million at Beach Retreat & Lodge; $2 million at Ridge Tahoe’s Castle Rock event space; $2 million at Postmarc Hotel & Spa Suites; $1.2 million at 7 Seas Inn; and the list goes on. These latest South Lake Tahoe offerings are enough to bring back old visitors and entice new ones, whether you’re a golfer, hiker, swimmer, or just a devotee of great mountain meals. HEAVENLY MOUNTAIN RESORT’S EPIC DISCOVERY The Heavenly ski resort dove big into the summer business a couple of years ago with the introduction of its midmountain Epic Discovery. Activities range from climbing walls (above left) and three ropes courses (above right) to an inner-tube slide, multiple zip lines, and a 3,400-foot-long gravity-powered downhill roller coaster (top left). This year’s additions include the East Peak (Silver Rush) Zip Line Tour. Zip through the trees at 40 mph, with views overlooking the Carson Valley — if you’re brave enough to keep your eyes open — and ride back to the top on an ATV. For the less extreme, ride the scenic gondola to an observation deck and mellow hiking trails — but mind the 9,000-foot elevation. Details: 4080 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, Calif.; 775-586-7000; skiheavenly.com. Ultimate Adventure Pass, including all Epic Discovery activities and scenic gondola ride, $94; “Little Explorer” kids pass, $54. HOTEL BECKET Named for a sailing knot that ties two ropes into one, the Hotel Becket, which opened last December, leads the latest South Tahoe renovations along the main strip by combining two old properties into a single boutique experience. Choose from an eclectic variety of 167 rooms, ranging from rustic to contemporary, all with modern mountain touches such as reclaimed barn doors and recovered mining lumber. Take a short walk from the hotel for private Lake Tahoe beach access or to the vibrant Heavenly Village, with gondola access to the Heavenly Mountain Resort summer programs. Ten Crows, the hotel’s new restaurant, features rib-sticking Southern barbecue and an expansive beer and craft cocktail menu. The pet-friendly Becket not only welcomes dogs accompanying guests, it even provides one if you don’t have your own. Through the “Borrow a Bernese” program, you can take out Remington, the hotel’s Bernese Mountain Dog, for a nature walk. Details: 4003 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, Calif.; 530-544-6000; hotelbecket.com. From $175.

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