Lufthansa, United and Virgin Atlantic offer nonstop flights from Washington Dulles to London, with mid-July fares currently starting at $1,096 round-trip. From London, it’s 135 miles to Weymouth and 155 miles to Lyme Regis.
WHERE TO STAY
Pound Street, Lyme Regis
Elegant old hotel in the middle of town. Rooms from $135 single, $275 double.
65 Broad St., Lyme Regis
Quirky, endearing two-room B&B above a bookshop. Rooms from $55 single, $80 double.
Church Green, Wareham
Comfortable country house hotel with lovely gardens on the River Frome. Rooms from $320.
WHERE TO EAT
Largigi Thai Restaurant & Cafe
Marine Parade, Lyme Regis
Seafront eatery serving Thai and English food. Sandwiches from $10.50; Thai entrees from $12.
Hive Beach Cafe
Beach Road, Burton Bradstock
Popular seafood cafe/restaurant overlooking Chesil Beach. Breakfast from $11; entrees from $13.50.
Time for Tea
8 Cove St., Weymouth
Well-regarded central Weymouth tearoom. Cream teas $5.50.
WHAT TO DO
Tout Quarry Sculpture Park
Behind Trade Croft Industrial Estate, Portland
Call Portland Tourist Information Centre for directions: 011-44-1305-861233.
Dozens of sculptures and carvings. Open 24 hours. Free.
Call Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre for directions: 011-44-1297-442138.
Follow the path leading from Holmbush parking lot in Lyme Regis to this National Nature Reserve.
New Barn Road, Abbotsbury
Walk among colonies of nesting mute swans. Open March 17 through Nov. 4, 10 a.m. to 5 or 6 p.m.; call to confirm closing time. Adults $16; children $12.