So you've heard all about the great things that await you in coastal Delaware. The beaches, the boardwalk, the outlet shopping, the great locally owned restaurants, the water sports and everything else that the Delaware beaches have to offer.

You've made plans and you're ready to pile the family into the SUV and head off to the coast for a few days of fun in the sun. There's just one problem – one member of the family may not always be welcome.

We hear about these situations all the time here at the Oldfather Group and are constantly being asked the question – what do we do with the family pet while on vacation? Can we bring him with us? Are there hotels in the area that will accept our pet as part of the family?

The short answer is yes there are, but you need to do a little advance planning and be aware of which hotels will accept pets and which ones won't. Most will not, but there are a select few that will welcome Fido with open arms when the need to get away strikes and the beach beckons.

In this blog entry, we have segregated our five main beach communities and given you some options when it comes to "pet friendly lodging." Keep in mind that policies can sometimes change, so it's always a good idea to call ahead and make sure that your family pet is still welcome. But as of this writing, the hotels listed below advertise that they happily allow pets to stay with you in your room.

As a side note, there are also a handful of area hotels that will accept pets during the "off season." But we're focusing here on properties that will accept pets year-round. If you plan on visiting coastal Delaware during the winter months, give your hotel of choice a ring and inquire about their pet policy.

Now, working north to south along the coast, starting with Lewes, here are some of coastal Delaware's "pet friendly" hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts:

Lewes

Heritage Inn; 800-669-9399; www.rehobothheritage.com

Hotel Rodney; 800-824-8754; www.hotelrodneydelaware.com

Red Mill Inn; 302-645-9736; www.lewes.com/redmillinn

Sleep Inn & Suites; 302-645-6464; www.rehobothsleepinn.com

Rehoboth Beach

AmericInn Motel; 800-634-3444; www.derooms.com

Canalside Inn; 866-412-2625; www.canalside-inn-rehoboth.com

The Homestead at Rehoboth B & B; 302-226-7625; www.homesteadatrehoboth.com

Bewitched & Bedazzled B & B; 866-732-9482; www.seawitchmanor.com

Shore Inn; 800-597-8899; www.shoreinn.com

Silver Lake Guest House; 800-842-2115; www.silverlakeguesthouse.com

Atlantic Oceanside Suites; 800-422-0481; www.atlanticoceanside.com

Dewey Beach

* Hyatt Place; 302-864-9100; www.deweybeach.place.hyatt.com

Bellbuoy Inn; 302-227-6000; www.bellbuoyinn.com

Sea Esta Motel; 800-436-6591; www.seaesta.com

Bethany Beach

NONE FOUND

Fenwick Island

Sands Motel; 302-539-8200; www.sandsmotelfenwick.com

* Featured Photo from Hyatt Place Dewey Beach