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! 






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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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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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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The Bistro at La Tourelle
Receive $5 off breakfast, lunch, or weekend brunch entrée. Cannot be combined with other offers.
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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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Ithaca Social Pub & Grille
Enjoy buy one entree, get the second entree 50% off.
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Cayuga Lake Wine Trail
Receive $5 off a $35 wine purchase at any of the 14 member wineries. Receive $5 off a Mardi Gras ticket, online only, must be used PRIOR TO event weekend. Tickets sales limited. Not available if event sold out. Coupon code: ithheartteachmg20 limit 2 per transaction.
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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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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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Artisan Food and Craft Beverage Tasting
Explore the exhibits in the Downtown Visitor Center, The History Center in Tompkins County and the Community Arts Partnership gallery (at the Tompkins Center for History & Culture) as you venture from table-to-table tasting our locally produced foods and beverages from South Hill Cider, Hopshire Farm & Brewery, The Piggery and more! Enjoy these small bites and a FREE happy hour, then try out one of the many restaurants in Downtown Ithaca for dinner.
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CBD Educational Presentation
Come Learn about CBD in Our spa-like store. Enjoy free samples, hors d’oeuvres & wine. While you are here, enter to win a CBD Health & Wellness Basket ($275 value).
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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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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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Cayuga Marketplace
Teachers enjoy up to 50% savings from area merchants on our ecommerce site!
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Discover Cayuga Lake
Receive 50% off our gift cards purchased in the month of February.
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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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The Winter Recess Teacher Festival is a partnership between Visit Ithaca, Downtown Ithaca Alliance and Tompkins Chamber