For a close-to-home cabin smack-dab on the edge of a beautiful lake, head to Spanish Flat Resort on Napa’s Lake Berryessa. Don’t imagine a comfy hideaway in the middle of nowhere: the cabins are minimal (bring your own towels and bedding), and the site is popular, especially on weekends. The big draws here are proximity — it’s only 90 minutes from San Francisco — and the full spectrum of water sports: sailing, jet-skiing, water-skiing, swimming…you name it. On-site Water Dawg Sports rents all the equipment you’ll need. And if you want to drop a line, the trout, salmon, bass, and crappie are biting. For a quick, casual weekend on the water, this is the place. One, two, three — cannonball!
Spanish Flat Resort, 4290 Knoxville Rd., Napa, 707-966-7700. Cabin rates: $100–$125. Note: If you don’t want to be in the heart of the “resort” action, ask for cabin 13, 14, 15, or 16. Spanish Flat is dog-friendly. Wet Dawg Water Sports, 707-966-5701.