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! 






The Hotel Ithaca
Winter Recess rates starting at $119.00.
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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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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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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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Sheldrake Point Winery
Receive a FREE flight of four of our estate wines. Receive 5% off any wine purchases.
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The Strand at the Canopy by Hilton Ithaca Downtown
Receive a complimentary drink (up to $12) with the purchase of an appetizer/entree, or receive 20% off all food and beverage. Offers cannot be combined.
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Ithaca Social Pub & Grille
Enjoy buy one entree, get the second entree 50% off.
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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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Free Chair Massage
Free chair massage at Sea Change Massage Therapy! Massages will be in 5-10 minute intervals.
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Teachers Only Try-it Workshop
Teachers! This one's for YOU! The Clay School offers the Teachers ONLY Try-It! As a thank you, Try-it is marked down from $45 to $25. This two hour session will give you a taste of working on the potter's wheel with no strings attached. The workshop is designed for those interested in a one-night experience. If you happen to love the experience and want to commit to a 7-week term, you can apply the cost of the workshop to a future class. We will be checking badges distributed by Visit Ithaca, so please bring yours! Buy tickets at http://bit.ly/2KTDgQI
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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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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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18th Annual Mardi Gras on the Cayuga Wine Trail
Collect your beads as you travel the Trail sampling food and wine pairings. Compete in a scavenger hunt for a chance to win a mixed case of CLWT wine! Chances to win prizes at each location. All 14 Wineries are participating. $5 off the $35 ticket.
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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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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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Discover Cayuga Lake
Receive 50% off our gift cards purchased in the month of February.
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Visit Ithaca Visitor Center
Receive 25% off all "Ithaca is Gorges" products.
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Sea Change Massage Therapy
Receive 40% off a one hour massage therapy session! Please call for an appointment.
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The Winter Recess Teacher Festival is a partnership between Visit Ithaca, Downtown Ithaca Alliance and Tompkins Chamber