Take a Spin by the Bay

Take a Spin by the Bay

Oysters can be intimidating. Before you can eat them, you have to shuck them, a task that can be daunting—and dangerous—if you’ve never done it. 

Enter Erik Hormann (BA, Business Administration, ’06), official shuckmaster and tour guide with Vantigo, the company he founded in 2013 with his wife, Amy Hormann (BA, Organizational Communication, ’08). Vantigo offers a range of Bay Area adventures aboard Lillie, their chianti-red 1971 Volkswagen bus. 

From the Oyster Experience, in which guests visit Tomales Bay’s Hog Island Oyster Company for a gourmet afternoon picnic, to the 7x7 City Tour, a four-hour trip into the historical heart of the City by the Bay, Vantigo puts an unconventional spin on tourism.

“That’s kind of the hook,” says Erik. “A lot of what we’re doing—it’s not just the tours. It’s breaking people in to cool, new things and getting them interested in new subjects and content.” 

The company has been so successful that Erik recently gave up his job at a tech startup to run the business full time. Amy helps strategize on the back end of things while maintaining her full-time position at an advertising and marketing firm in San Francisco. 

The bus, Lillie, which they purchased on Craigslist, is named after San Francisco historical figure Lillie Hitchcock Coit, a volunteer firefighter and the benefactor of Coit Tower. “With VW buses, you really want a name,” says Erik. “There’s something about them. They’re like characters.” 

Erik and Amy met as students at Chico State, while he served as the Associated Students (AS) vice president for Business and Finance and she worked the front desk for AS government. Erik also worked with Community Action Volunteers in Education, Students In Free Enterprise, and Adventure Outings. And until they moved to the Bay, Amy was program coordinator for CSU, Chico’s Cross-Cultural Leadership Center.

To learn more, visit their site at VantigoSF.com.

Kacey Gardner, Public Affairs and Publications

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