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Who's Invited?
Winter Recess is open to all, with discounted lodging, dining and activities available to public school teachers, school district employees, teachers union retirees and their guests. Registration is free. District ID, or equivalent, is required. Proper ID includes:

. Your school ID badge
. Proof of teachers union membership
. Proof of teachers union retiree status
. A letter from your principal or school board on official stationery

Where Do I Check In?
All local and visiting teachers can check in at the Ithaca Visitors Centers at East Shore Drive and Downtown:

 

East Shore Drive Visitor Center

904 East Shore Dr.

Ithaca, NY 14850

(607) 272-1313

Downtown Visitor Center
171 E. State St.
Center Ithaca, The Commons
Ithaca, New York 14850
(607) 273-7482

Online Pre-Registration will start February 1st.

Link will be updated shortly. REMINDER: Please bring emailed confirmation of pre-registration with you (it WILL save you time). 

 

Badge and Guides will be available to pick-up starting:

Friday, Feb. 17th from 10:00am - 6:00pm

Badges and guides can be picked up everyday between Friday, Feb. 17th - Sunday, Feb. 26th at both locations.

 

East Shore Drive Visitor Center Hours:

Special extended hours for Winter Recess Teacher Festival registration are below.

 

Friday, Feb. 17th: 10:00am-6:00pm

Saturday, Feb. 18th: 10:00am-6:00pm

Sunday, Feb. 19th: 10:00am-4:00pm

Monday-Friday, Feb. 20th-24th: 9:00am-5:00pm

Saturday, Feb. 25th : 10:00am - 5:00pm

Sunday, Feb. 26th: 10:00pm-4:00pm

 

Downtown Ithaca Visitor Center Hours:

Special extended hours for Winter Recess Teacher Festival registration are below.

 

 

Friday, Feb. 17th to Saturday, Feb. 18th: 10:00am-6:00pm

Sunday, Feb. 19th: 12:00pm-5:00pm

Monday, Feb. 20th to Sat., February 25th: 10:00am-5:00pm

Sunday, Feb. 26th: 12:00pm-5:00pm

 

 

Additional Check-In Opportunities:

Will be posted as they become available.

 

 

What Happens After I Check In?
Registered teachers will receive a welcome package that includes a Very Important Teacher pass and program with event guide, a listing of deals and coupons for extra special discounts.

 

What is a VIT Pass?
As part of your welcome package, you'll receive a free VIT (Very Important Teacher) Pass. It's your key to the county and beyond, unlocking community-wide discounts on just about everything: dining, shopping, entertainment-the works. Use your VIT Pass to pick up discounted theater tickets, gain admission to free teacher receptions, qualify for dining discounts and receive special deals at participating businesses.

 

In addition, your traveling companions (family, significant other, etc.) will receive a "Teachers Pet Pass," good for additional deals around town. Participating businesses will display the Winter Recess logo on premises and will be listed in the Lodging Deals,

Wine & Dine Deals, Events and Deals sections at IthacaLovesTeachers.com.

Where does Winter Recess Take Place?
As a community-wide event, Winter Recess takes advantage of multiple venues throughout Ithaca, with additional recreational offerings throughout the surrounding Finger Lakes region, including:

 

. Downtown Ithaca Commons

. State Theatre of Ithaca

. Cayuga Wine Trail

. Kitchen Theatre Company
. Ithaca College
. Cornell University
. Ithaca Public Schools
. Ithaca Discovery Trail
. Greek Peak Mountain Resort


What if I'm a Private School Educator?
We welcome you. While Winter Recess formally celebrates the unique contribution of public school educators, the Ithaca community supports the work of all certified classroom educators and school employees. To qualify for Winter Recess discounts, private school educators must present proof of employment at check in. All other Winter Recess guidelines apply.

Thank you, teachers. Ithaca loves you!