Mercury News: Ships, spirits and more await at Alameda Point


Driving around Alameda Point is a bit like looking for gold in a ghost town. The nuggets are there, and the search, among abandoned buildings and unused runways, is part of the fun.

The former home of the Alameda Naval Air Station, decommissioned in 1997, Alameda Point occupies 1,560 acres of prime western real estate. There's tremendous potential for wildlife, recreation and business, and the panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay and skyline add to the allure.

Three destinations represent an eclectic mix of diversions: the USS Hornet preserves military history; St. George Spirits occupies Hanger One, where it fine-tunes the art of distilling spirits; and Antiques by the Bay celebrates the art of collecting on a grand scale.