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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Ithaca Beer Company
Buy one, get one wood-fired pizzas at the Taproom. Also, get 20% off retail purchases (excluding beer & soda keg purchases and existing in-store promotions). Complimentary weekend (Sat-Sun) brewery tours on the hour from 12-4pm (reservations recommended). VIT pass and coupon required.
Very Important Teacher Pass Coupon Guest pass
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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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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Rogan's Corner
Take 20% off menu items on purchases over $10.
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Smart Yogurt
Receive 10% off your order. Valid at both locations.
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Professor Tuesday's Jazz Quartet
Live jazz in an elegant setting. Free.
Backstage Pass: A behind the scenes tour of the State Theatre
Ever wonder what a theatre looks like when the lights go up, or wonder what a backstage looks like? Then this is your chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at the State Theatre of Ithaca. Tours Free for Teachers and Teacher's Pets.
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Intergenerational Traditional Irish Session
Callin’ all fiddlers, whistlers, pipers, mandos-bodhrans, flute players. You know who you are! All ages and stages. Free.
A Jazz Trio Featuring Nicholas Walker, Greg Evans, and Nick Weiser. Free.
Ithaca Sheepskin Workshop Tour
See the machinery and fleeces, watch part of the slipper cutting process, and learn how a hat is sewn. Free.
Ithaca Guitar Works
Receive 10% off accessories and 50% off the MSRP of guitar strings.
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Experience! The Finger Lakes
Receive 10% off an Experience! The Finger Lakes Tour and Shore Package. Enjoy a half-day wine tour followed by dinner (up to $30) at the Boatyard Grill. Plus get a free box of local chocolates! Sunday only.
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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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August Moon Spa
Book a service with us and receive a free spritzer. VIT Pass and coupon required.
Very Important Teacher Pass Coupon Guest pass
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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