Welcome to Williamsport!
Welcome to the Peter Herdic Inn and to Millionaires’ Row. We are delighted that you’ve chosen to stay with us, and we hope we can make your stay in Williamsport enjoyable. Please feel free to ask for directions, recommendations or any other assistance. If you need help and no one is around, please call 570-326-0411 or 570-220-6432.
Williamsport, the county seat of Lycoming County, is a small city of 30,000 situated in the Susquehanna Valley of the Bald Eagle Mountains.
While the Pennsylvania tourist guide refers to the area as the region of “woods, water and wildlife,” Williamsport is a bustling center for business, manufacturing, government, and finance. College students are welcomed here. Many take internships and part-time jobs in the city; some even play in the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra.
Williamsport is ranked as one of the top safest “metro areas” in the U.S. You may already know that Williamsport is the Birthplace of Little League Baseball. When in town, catch the spirit of America’s homegrown sport at the Little League Museum and World Series complex.
Relive the colorful history of Williamsport’s glory days as lumber capital of the world at the Historical Museum or by touring Millionaire’s Row of 19th-century homes or the Freedom Road cemetery.
Shop downtown Williamsport for fine men’s clothing, artisan jewelry and local crafts. Relax and enjoy baked specialties and beverages at Alabaster Coffee. Dine at some of the area’s favorites including Franco’s Restaurant, The Bullfrog Brewery and The Old Corner.
Just for fun, you can cheer on the minor league Crosscutters at historic Bowman Field, cruise the Susquehanna River on the Hiawatha paddleboat, tee off at White Deer 45-hole Golf Complex, or take in a touring show at the Community Arts Center.
Activities in Williamsport
Millionaires’ Row We highly recommend either a self-guided walking tour of Williamsport’s historic district, or the trolley tour that departs from Park Place about four blocks down Fourth Street, near the museums.
Biking and Hiking: The Pine Creek Rails to Trails project (a 60-mile relatively flat bike trail) begins 15 miles from downtown Williamsport in Jersey Shore. We also have excellent (but hilly) biking routes departing from the Inn. Please ask about bikes and routes. The Loyalsock Trail and other excellent hiking options are just a short distance away. Please ask for directions. Ricketts Glen State Park is about an hour away and is worth the drive. There are spectacular waterfalls along a beautiful hike. Williamsport has two parks (Brandon and Memorial) with pools, play areas and tennis courts.
Museums: There are four museums within walking distance of the Inn, as well as the Little League Museum, located across the river.
Reptilland: A unique and educational reptile zoo owned by local celebrity and friend Clyde Peeling.
Hiawatha: Williamsport’s own Hiawatha Paddlewheel Riverboat offers daily trips on the Susquehanna River from May to October.
Theatre and Film: The Community Arts Center, in walking distance, is Williamsport’s historic theatre for big name acts at reasonable prices and independent films. The Community Theatre, also nearby, is Williamsport’s local theatre troupe. The new Cinema is a half block from us and has multiple movies playing.
Bars and Clubs: Bar hopping is a popular activity here in Williamsport, and we have a wide array of venues — from the Bullfrog Brewery, an award-winning microbrewery, to Franco’s Lounge, our favorite local hotspot. For clubbing, we offer the Cell Block, a nightclub in a 19th century Quaker prison, and Imbibe a new dance club. Also the owners of the Cell Block have two other bars in walking distance: Barrel 135 and The Brickyard, which both have nice outdoor patios. The Moon and Raven is the newest pub to open on West Fourth Street. It’s about a block past the Bullfrog Brewery.
Shopping: Williamsport has an international jewelry following, due in large part to the innovation of local jeweler James Meyer. Although Meyer no longer has a storefront, his jewelry can be found at Ann McKay’s, a protege of Jim’s. Another unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry store is Marc Williams. Both Marc Williams and Ann McKay are located downtown within walking distance. For silver jewelry and artwork and framing, stop at The Harvest Cooperative, a new downtown store started by several local young people. Across the river is Rick Mahonski Goldsmith, a friend of ours who specializes in handmade Penn State jewelry. The Clothier in downtown Williamsport has a huge selection of menswear. Women’s specialty gowns can be found at The Amber Rose, about three blocks east on Fourth Street. The Inn is also a 30-minute drive from the Woolrich Outlet Store, which has Clarks, Merrills and Dansko shoes as well as Woolrich clothing and their famous blankets.
Gifts and Jewelry: Patinaz Jewelry on Pine Street, features a wide array of crafts and gifts by local artisans and craftsmen. Ottos, the area’s favorite bookstore, has a very good selection of adult and children’s books. It’s one of the oldest independent bookstores in the country. The historic James V. Brown Library is also located in downtown Williamsport and holds book sales in April and October.
Food Markets: Downtown has an array of local food markets and coffee shops. For coffee, be sure to check out Alabaster’s, Williamsport’s most popular, wireless coffee house with live music most weekends. The Sunshine Cafe is a gluten-free bakery nearby. We have two chocolate shops in our downtown. Worth the 15-minute drive is a wonderful homemade ice cream store called Eders. Get the light chocolate baby cone. Helmrich’s, Williamsport’s local fish market, is a great place to pick up locally smoked shad, and in front of Helmrich’s every Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon, you’ll find the Williamsport Growers’ Market, a great local resource for fruit, vegetables and baked goods, as well as a good stop on Saturday morning for a cup of excellent French-press coffee from Guernica Coffee. For other picnic or snack needs, Waltman’s Deli is within walking distance of the Inn, as is a PA State Liquor store. Wegmans is our local grocery store which is about 4 blocks from the Inn.
Antiquing: Our area features a good selection of antique shops, We have two in downtown as well as the Old Barn Center in Pennsdale B. J’s on route 15 and the Roan Auction House on Lycoming Creek Road.