Welcome Teachers!  

Winter Recess, now in its 10th year, is a celebration of pre- through K-12 classroom teachers and school district employees in the region. 


Ithaca will come together for a week

Friday, Feb. 12 - Sunday Feb. 21st

to celebrate educators with entertainment, activities, family fun and discounts throughout the Tompkins County community.

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


Registration is now open for the week at both the Ithaca Visitor Center and the Downtown Visitor Center, or you can still pre-register online through the link below:






Hotel Ithaca
Stay & Play with a special rate of $134 during Winter Recess. Rates are for rooms in the main building, based on availability.
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William Henry Miller Inn
$30 savings on all of our available rooms! Room rates include a full breakfast, homemade evening desserts, always available coffee and tea, wireless and parking. Offer available February 15-18 and February 21.
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Best Western University Inn
The Best Western is your BEST address with rates of $119.00 Sun.-Thurs. and $139.00 Fri.-Sat. Includes complementary, hot breakfast also!
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Inn on Columbia
The Inn on Columbia wants to be the Teachers' Pet! Rates starting at $145 per night!
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Boatyard Grill
Purchase one entree to receive the second of equal or lesser value FREE. Valid ONLY Tuesday, February 16th. Dine-In ONLY. $20 max value. Please remember your server!
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Rogan's Corner
Take 20% off menu items on purchases over $10.
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The Nines
Receive 10% off all purchases.
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Smart Yogurt
Receive 10% off your order. Valid at both locations.
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The Bistro at La Tourelle
Purchase two lunches or weekend brunches and receive a complimentary dessert to share with VIT Pass and coupon.
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Inside the Kitchen at Coltivare
Explore the underbelly of Coltivare - TC3's brand new farm-to-bistro restaurant and culinary school in Downtown Ithaca. Tour the classrooms, events spaces, and more! A must see during Winter Recess. Enjoy a FREE guided tour by Annie Quach, Sales and Marketing Director at Coltivare. No reservation required, limit first 20 walk-up.
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Peter and the Starcatcher
Winner of five 2012 Tony Awards, Peter and the Starcatcher by Rick Elice is a swashbuckling musical adventure! This grown-up’s prequel to Peter Pan is an innovative theatrical extravaganza featuring twelve actors playing over one hundred unforgettable characters. Directed by Rachel Lampert and Sara Lampert Hoover. Ticketed.
Djug Django
Hot danceable jazz. Free.
Behind the Screens: Cinemapolis Tour
Ever wonder what a movie theater is like when the house lights go up? Drop in on Tuesday, February 17th or Friday, February 20th at 2:30PM for a behind-the-scenes tour of Ithaca’s popular independent movie theatre. Learn about the changing technology inside the projector room from reel to digital and so much more. Repeats Feb. 20. Free for VITs and Teacher's Pets.
Karaoke with Elephant Sound
Don’t be shy. Grab the mic! Free.
Blackbird Studio
Receive one FREE class and 10 classes for $100 of either Barre, Hot Yoga, or Pilates. Additionally, receive 15% off an unlimited package! VIT Pass and coupon required.
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Greek Peak Cascades Indoor Waterpark
Make a splash at Cascades Indoor Waterpark, passes for $29 a person, for teacher plus 1 guest. One ticket per day.
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Ithaca Guitar Works
Receive 10% off accessories and 50% off the MSRP of guitar strings.
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Cayuga Chamber Orchestra
Show your VIT Pass, pay the student rate of only $7.00, plus one Teacher's Pet per VIT can also pay only the student rate, AND each teacher may receive one voucher valid for one complimentary ticket to a separate CCO concert (Mar-May 2016).
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The Orchid Place
5% off for all purchases in the store. Enjoy 10% off one purchase of $100 or more.
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