Welcome Teachers!


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


The 2020 Winter Recess Teacher Festival will take place 

Friday, February 14th through 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 FAQ.


Please note we are still adding deals for 2020, more to come! 






La Tourelle Hotel
Special Rates for Teachers and their Pets, weekday rates start at $109. Please call La Tourelle directly to take advantage of our Winter Recess Rates.
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Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons
Show your VIT pass to receive a $119.00 rate per night for single king rooms at the Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons!
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Hilton Garden Inn
Teachers and their pets enjoy rates of $119 for Sunday-Thursday stays. If you are staying on Friday or Saturday, enjoy a special rate starting at $139.
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The Hotel Ithaca
Winter Recess rates starting at $119.00.
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Canopy by Hilton Ithaca Downtown
Teachers enjoy room rates starting at just $129 a night!
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Monks on the Commons
Receive 25% off total your bill.
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Receive a 20% discount off your entire bill (excluding alcohol) or a FREE dessert with purchase of an entree.
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Ithaca Social Pub & Grille
Enjoy buy one entree, get the second entree 50% off.
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Sheldrake Point Winery
Receive a FREE flight of four of our estate wines. Receive 5% off any wine purchases.
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Kilpatrick's Publick House
Receive 20% off your bill. Enjoy buy one entree, get one entree 50% off. Coupons CAN be used combined.
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Feeding Time at the Trout Tank
Come fall in love with adorable little daphnia before you feed them to the trout while discovering innovative and engaged learning methods. Sciencenter admission required.
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How to be Financially Fit Through Each of Life’s Stages
Co-Hosted with Ithaca Teacher’s Association (ITA), we will cover Financial Planning ideas such as: Student Loan Forgiveness, Budgeting, Retirement Planning, Investments, Insurances, etc. We will break them up into different life stages, ensuring everyone will have take aways. Stage one will focus on debt elimination, goal setting, & the account set up phase. Stage two we will look at the accumulation & account management phase. Lastly, stage three we will discuss the distribution & retirement plan protection phase. We will have lite snacks and drinks. This event is free to attend.
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Winter Recess Opening Reception at Hotel Ithaca
You are all invited to a casual gathering with complimentary food, one drink and a cash bar. Meet teachers from all over the region, enjoy live music, enter to win raffles, enjoy a selection of craft vendors and more! Sponsorship support provided by Visions Federal Credit Union, Ithaca Teachers Association and The Hotel Ithaca. FREE.
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CBD Body Scrub Party
Come on in and design your own CBD body scrub! While you are here, enjoy wine, hor d'oeuvres, giveaways and samples! If you are planning on attending you MUST RSVP to the number or email listed.
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Become a Visitor Champion!
Join us for this FREE interactive 2-hour live class hosted by The Hotel Ithaca. Ithaca/Tompkins County - Visitor Journey A2D™ is a new tourism champion training program that helps everyone in our destination create positive visitor experiences from their Arrival to Departure, or from A2D! Highly customized for our area, this course helps our entire community learn more about the richness of what we offer visitors. Attendees must create an account, and complete the online modules before attending the Live Class. Class is limited to the first 20 attendees. Additional dates available throughout the year.
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Visions Federal Credit Union
Visions Loves Educators is a program offered through Visions Federal Credit Union which provides many cost saving options to members employed in the education industry. Check out programs on their website such as Summer Saver program, Summer Double Skip-A-Payment, Refinancing Student Loans, and special bonuses.
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Nick Romo, State Farm
Get an insurance quote and receive a FREE $20 gift card to Jimmy Johns on Aurora St. in Ithaca.
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Axa Advisors LLC
Receive a FREE one hour consultation.
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Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival
Receive $15 off a single Grassroots Festival ticket through Mar. 1, 2020. Use promo code TEACHERLOVE. Festival is takes place July 16 - 19, 2020.
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Your CBD Store
Receive 20% off everything in store! Also receive a FREE assorted gummy bag with your purchase!
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The Winter Recess Teacher Festival is a partnership between Visit Ithaca, Downtown Ithaca Alliance and Tompkins Chamber