Welcome to Winter Recess 2015!


Yes, Winter Recess is returning for 2015. The popular February promotion, originally created and managed by the Tompkins County Convention and Visitors Bureau, has been passed along to the Downtown Ithaca Alliance for this coming year. The Downtown Ithaca Alliance is excited to organize deals, events, and activities for teachers as way of saying thank you for all the hard-work and dedication.


Ithaca's Winter Recess celebrates public school teachers and school employees with entertainment, activities, family fun and discounts throughout the community.  During Winter Recess, Ithaca opens its doors to the pre-K-12 community, offering you a chance to relax, refresh and renew among friends in a city built on education. Best of all, Winter Recess registration is free! Thank you, teachers. Ithaca loves you!


William Henry Miller Inn
Enjoy special rates ranging form $125-185 on select rooms from Sunday February 15th to Thursday February 19th!
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Halsey House
5 guest rooms, each with private bath, offering a 20% discount off regular room rates to VIT's and Teacher's Pets!
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Hotel Ithaca (formerly Holiday Inn)
Stay & Play with a special rate of $79 Sunday-Thursday, $129 Friday-Saturday.
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Cayuga Lake Creamery
Purchase 1 menu item get second of equal or lesser value FREE. Max $5 value. Cannot be used for tour.
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Lucas Vineyards
Get a FREE tasting (including reserve wines) plus 10% off a $35 wine purchase with coupon.
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Dessert with Dinner at Coltivare
Teachers and Teacher's Pets can enjoy a complimentary dessert with a purchased entree at Downtown Ithaca's newest culinary gem, Coltivare. Enjoying its grand opening this past December, Coltivare is Italian for "Cultivate," and that it does! Coltivare cultivates education and land and transforms farm fresh produce grown on the TC3 farm into tasty farm-fresh dining.
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Buy One Get One Half off at Red's Place
With the purchase of one food item, receive 50% off of another food item that is equal to or lesser in value. Offer valid for lunch and dinner all week excluding Saturday, Feb. 21st. Must show VIT or Teacher's Pet pass.
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Rongovian Embassy
"Free Draft, Well Drink or Glass of Wine with the purchase of any small plate, sandwich or entree. Limit one free drink per person, per visit. Coupon for $5 off any music event for the month of February"
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Ithaca Loves Teachers Opening Reception at Hotel Ithaca
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Cayuga Chamber Music Concert
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Explore Cornell University
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Island Health & Fitness Enrollment
Normally $145, Island Health & Fitness is pleased to offer teachers and their spouses discounted membership for $65. Offer available at both locations: 310 Taughannock and Cayuga Heights (903 Hanshaw).
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Kitchen Theatre Company
Special Winter Recess ticket pricing for teachers: $20 tickets to Body of Water performances on February 18, 19, 20, and 22nd. $30 tickets for Opening Night of Body of Water on February 21st. Tickets can be booked online using discount code: TEACHER
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Norabloom Botanicals
Receive $10 off any type massage therapy session- please mention when you book your appointment.
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Benjamin Peters
Receive an additional 20% off already reduced clothing and footwear.Free Bow Tie seminar on Saturday
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FREE Love Those Letters! Materials at Presentation
Attend the Love Those Letters!: Revolutionizing the Alphabet with Song, Dance, Beautiful Artwork, and Love! presentation on February 20th from 11-12 in the Borg Warmer Room at Tompkins County Public Library to receive FREE Love Those Letters! materials with VIT pass.
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