Welcome Teachers!


 RELAX, REFRESH and RENEW among friends in a city built on education!


SAVE THE DATE: The 2020 Winter Recess Teacher Festival will take place Friday, February 14th to Sunday February 23rd.



The Ithaca Loves Teachers festival, now in its 15th year, is a celebration of Pre-K through 12 public educators and school district employees. Ithaca will come together for a week to celebrate educators with entertainment, activities, family fun and discounts throughout the Tompkins County community. We celebrate public educators with discounts on lodging, spa services, meals and so much more. There are special events and receptions too. Check out the deals on each of the tabs above and below to find out how much Ithaca Loves YOU! 


To find out how to get your very own 'Very Important Teacher' pass, check out the Details tab above.


Please note all deals listed on this website are samples from this year's Winter Recess Teacher Festival.

Check back for updated deals and events in late 2019 for the 2020 Festival!






La Tourelle
Teachers and their pets are always VIP's at La Tourelle with weekday rates starting at $114 per night, weekend rates starting at $144 per night, Valentine Weekend rates starting at $164 per night!
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Hilton Garden Inn
Show your VIT pass to receive a rate for a standard room of $119 per night plus tax Sunday through Thursday and $139 per night plus tax Friday and Saturday nights. Rates also include breakfast for two in The Garden Grille. For our guest staying during teachers week, February 15th to the 24th from 4pm to 6pm join us in the hotel lobby for adult pairings and libations.
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Hotel Ithaca
The Hotel Ithaca is pleased to offer $109.00 rates for King rooms and $119.00 for double queen rooms. Simply reserve by going to thehotelithaca.com -add code- drop down - rate access corporate code and type in ITWK.
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The Bistro at La Tourelle
Receive $5 off any meal, breakfast, lunch, or brunch.
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Cayuga Lake Wine Trail
$5 off a $35 wine purchase at any of the 14 member wineries. $5 off a Mardi Gras ticket,online only, must be used PRIOR TO event weekend. Tickets sales limited. Not available if event sold out. Coupon code: ithheartteachmg19 limit 2 per transaction.
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Ithaca Coffee Company (Triphammer Marketplace or Gateway Commons)
Receive $1 off draft beer or full glass of wine, or $3 off your growler or crowler fill. Must be 21 or older. Present coupon for buy one Espresso Bar Beverage (incl. tea, hot chocolate, coffee, and espresso drinks) & get one of equal or lesser value free! Coupons cannot be combined. Valid at both locations.
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Max's Classic American Grill
Buy one dinner, get the second one FREE (excludes alcohol).
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Triphammer Wines & Spirits
Receive 20% off all NYS wines plus 20% off any full case purchase. Must be 21 or older. No additional discounts apply.
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The Science of Taste: an Ithaca is Foodies Tour
Rediscover your five basic tastes while exploring Ithaca's restaurants on this special tour designed with winter weather in mind. We will visit five local establishments, enjoying a course at each stop which exemplifies a different one of the five basic tastes (sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and umami). Explore how you experience food as we discuss the science behind each tasting, stay warm with short walks from one establishment to the next, and leave satiated with new culinary perspectives.
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The Science Behind the Stone at the Jewelbox
Micky Roof will be giving a lecture on remarkable purple gemstones. Come see an array of exotic purple gemstones, cuts transcending time and imbued with natural purple colors you couldn't imagine. Learn about the three 3 C’s, how gems are formed – what is color in colored gems. Reserve your place today.
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Free Wine (and possibly Spirits) Tasting at Triphammer Wines and Spirits
Expand your palate with this guided tasting by industry professionals. Free cheese and crackers provided. Featured products are 10% off during the tasting, and don't forget your VIT or TP pass to receive 20% off all NYS wines and 20% off any full case purchase.
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Baking Class: Hand Skills with Wide Awake Bakery
In this class we will shape and score hundreds of loaves of bread. This class offers a rare opportunity to develop your skills at the bench alongside professional bakers. Regular price is $250, Teachers pay $200. This includes all day instruction, breakfast, snacks and lunch. Very limited spots please email wideawakebakery@gmail.com for reservations.
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Try-It Wheel Workshop
Teacher's Only "Try-It" wheel class for half price $22 instead of $44. Limited spots available. Pre-registration is required. Please use the following link to register, bit.ly/2KV0KDw
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Ithaca Visitor Center
Receive 25% off our FIRST EVER Ithaca is Teachers Tee! You can order your tee online at www.gorgesgear.com.
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Elmira Savings Bank
Stop into any one of our Ithaca/Moravia Branches and ask about our Super E Checking account.
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August Moon Spa
Receive 10% off any 50 minute service. Not available during tranquility hour. This offer cannot be combined with other promotions.
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Discover Cayuga Lake
Go for a Cruise on Cayuga Lake! Receive 50% off our gift cards purchased in the month of February. When purchasing, enter the code: teachers_pet. Proceeds from all Discover Cayuga Lake cruises support our popular Trout in the Classroom and Floating Classroom educational programs.
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Cayuga Marketplace
Receive an EXTRA 20% off when purchasing $13 or more! Enter promo code: TEACH20 at checkout!
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