About the Herdic Family
To be honest, neither of our properties has been in the Herdic family for over 100 years, but here at the Herdic House, we’ve created a family of our own, starting with our Miele-Wood-Elion family, the founders of the Peter Herdic House and owners of both properties. The Peter Herdic Inn and the Peter Herdic House, both beautifully restored Victorian mansions situated on Williamsport, Pennsylvania’s Millionaires Row, are owned and operated by Gloria Miele, her husband Jim Wood, their daughter Liz Miele, and Bob Elion and his son, Dante Miele-Elion.
Gloria is a graduate of Penn State and started the restaurant with her sister Marcia in 1984. She sets the table at the Inn and plants flowers, and can frequently be found in the evenings behind the front desk at the restaurant, greetings customers and old friends. Jim is an MIT grad who wound up in the woodworking business—but his true passion is breakfast-making, as scores of our Inn guests have discovered. Jim has spent 10 years perfecting his popover recipe! Bob is a lawyer who graduated from the University of Iowa and spends his workweek at his law office. But his real loves are stonework and gardening, and he’s been known to take a turn behind the Inn’s breakfast counter. Dante isn’t as much of a presence at the Herdic as he once was, now that he’s started college at the University of Pennsylvania, but we get him back at the holidays and during the summers, and he brings with him his experiences from great restaurants and beautiful buildings in Philadelphia.
Gloria and Jim’s daughter, Liz, is a graduate of Brown University (just like her aunt Marcia). Liz has managed the kitchen at the Herdic House for the past 10 years, and has overseen its transition to a local foods enclave. Liz cooks and makes menus at the restaurant, tends our herb garden and loves talking about the beauty of central PA and the awesome foods she gets from her farmers. (She also loves giving advice on the best nightlife spots in Williamsport, if anyone is looking for some good live music.) When Jim isn’t mixing up his popovers, Liz has been known to make batches of her fabulous sticky buns for our Inn guests—and if you call the Inn, you’ll probably speak to Liz.
Lena Yeagle is our Innkeeper, and ever so much more than that. Lena is our heart and soul, a passionate artist, wonderful cook, hardworking gardener, skilled composter and, last but not least, roller derby queen. Though you may not see her right at the front door of the Inn, she’s never far away—she may be working on an art project in the basement or in our parking area, she might be checking our rooms to make sure they’re up to her high standards, or she might be out in the compost pile in a pair of rainboots, helping us turn the restaurant’s veggie scraps into black gold. But wherever you find her, she’s doing good work, and helping to keep our little universe spinning.
Here in our new Herdic family, we enjoy cooking, biking, wine tasting, historic preservation, architecture, cross-country skiing, traveling — especially to Italy — organic gardening, and hospitality. And we’re excited to share those passions with you!
The innkeepers speak English, Italian and a little French.