As Eric Hormann gets off his day job, a project manager at a San Francisco tech start-up, his faithful companion, Lillie, waits in anticipation for the adventures that are ready to unfold.
Lillie hisses and grunts when going up the hilly regions of Nob Hill, weaves and dodges pedestrians around the famed alleys and side streets of North Beach, gleams and shines under the bright lights of the Castro, and takes frequent pit stops around Golden Gate Park and the Presidio.
By no accounts though is Lillie an animal of any kind. She is more like a pet business project of Hormann and his wife, Amy. The husband-and-wife team founded Vantigo, a tourism company that employs their beloved Lillie, a 1971 Chianti-red seven passenger Volkswagen bus that takes locals and tourists on expeditions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
Since it's first ride in August 2013, Hormann has been conducting Vantigo's day-and-night 7x7 tours of San Francisco, day trips to Tomales Bay's Hog Island Oyster Company, and brewery tours along Highway 1 and through the North Bay.More »