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GROUP WORKOUT, YOGA, SOCIAL, FOOD
Some campers like the idea of roughin’ it. Tents that never seem to pitch, bug bites, a weekend menu of hastily-made PB&Js, weenie roasts, and granola bars, and “guitar guy”. Not for you? We have just the thing.
In a dream team of partnerships, DC’s Israeli hummus hot spot Little Sesame, boutique camping host Getaway, and activewear favorite Outdoor Voices have loaded up the station wagons to embark with you on the healthiest camping experience ever. Pack your bags for Wild Sesame, a retreat to the beautiful Shenandoah Valley this April.
Little Sesame, a colorful counter-service eatery now serving in DC’s Dupont and Chinatown neighborhoods, has always been about more than just food. “It’s about adventure in all its forms and the belief that the table is where we come to share those adventures,” says Little Sesame’s Obi Okolo.
This won’t be their first foray into the wild, either. In 2018, the crew hit the road in a repurposed VW bus, road tripping around the North Atlantic region and partnering with local farmers and chefs along the way to gather, socialize, and “celebrate good food”.
That sort of adventure, now dubbed “Wild Sesame”, is precisely what they’re bringing to Northern Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley April 19–21. Except you won’t be piling into a VW bus — Little Sesame has arranged for an unforgettable stay with glamping pro Getaway. Known for helping city-dwellers disconnect in nature with all the comforts of home, their DC Outpost features a collection of tiny cabins—complete with stove, A/C, and a queen-sized bed—set up over 20 acres near the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Little Sesame plans to host open fire-cooked meals — dishes like grilled radishes, snap peas, and asparagus with mint pesto, and it wouldn’t be a Little Sesame shindig without warm pitas and their incredible hummus, crafted with tahini, smoked paprika, sumac, and Za’atar. For atmosphere, the team will construct Bedouin-style tents to create communal spaces for the group events and activities, music, and, of course, the table meant for sharing your adventure stories from the day. And if you’re talking about #DoingThings, Little Sesame couldn’t have asked for a better activities director.
Outdoor Voices, known for their tri-color leggings and community-building fitness events, has a full schedule of adventures planned. According to field marketing manager Sara Belmer, after the recreational trail jog in the morning, you’ll have access to two off-site adventures: a guided hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains or rafting down the south fork of the Shenandoah River with Shenandoah River Outfitters.
But for those who find more enjoyment in the serenity and relaxation that only the woods can provide, you can hang back to build a nature loom with a local botanist and herbalist or take a cooking class with Little Sesame’s chef Ronen Tenne. Once everyone returns from their respective activities, OV will offer a short, pre-dinner group meditation. And before your final breakfast, they will send you out with a refreshing yoga + meditation class.
Incredible, right? Actually, unheard of… yet still surprisingly affordable. For that reason, we recommend getting your crew to sign up ASAP, as it will definitely fill up fast.
Little Sesame’s wild wanderlust doesn’t end at Shenandoah, though. They’re planning a West Coast road trip echoing their 2018 journey to introduce even more people to the wonders of real, quality food. Within The District, in the woods, on the Pacific Coast Highway, it doesn’t matter — Little Sesame is all about good eating and good fun.
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