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.

 

PRE-REGISTER FOR THE 2020 FESTIVAL HERE!

 

 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! 

 

 

 

 

 

LODGING DEALS
$109.00
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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$119.00
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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$119.00
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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$119.00
The Hotel Ithaca
Winter Recess rates starting at $119.00.
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$129.00
Canopy by Hilton Ithaca Downtown
Teachers enjoy room rates starting at just $129 a night!
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WINE & DINE
Cayuga Lake Wine Trail
Receive $5 off a $35 wine purchase at any of the 14 member wineries. (member wineries participating in this discount are noted with an * next to their names). 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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Monks on the Commons
Receive 25% off total your bill.
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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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Atlas Bowl
Receive one free entree with the purchase of a second entree of equal or lesser value (up to $20).
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EVENTS
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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Free Chair Massage
Free chair massage at Sea Change Massage Therapy! Massages will be in 5-10 minute intervals.
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Special New Orleans Dinner at South Hill Cider!
Join us at Ithaca's only Hard Cidery for a special New Orleans inspired meal! Tickets are $45 for a prix fixe meal (includes hard cider pairings.) Drawing on ingredients from our area's foodshed and beyond, you'll be treated to be a unique menu prepared by regionally recognized chef/butcher/charcutier, Brad Marshall. Expect homemade Jambalaya, honey cornbread, boudin, beignets and more. Each course is thoughtfully paired with pours from our cidery.
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$5 Yoga at Hopshire Farm & Brewery
Yoga class will take place from 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm at the brewery; afterwards, all teachers will receive a free pour coupon. Cost of yoga for teachers is $5. Yoga mats are NOT provided.
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Make Laser Cut Name Signs
Visit our Makerspace to make a customized wooden name sign that can be hung on a door or wall! First come, first served while supplies last. Free.
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DEALS
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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Ithaca Visitor Centers
Receive 25% off all "Ithaca is Gorges" products.
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Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival
Receive $15 off a single Grassroots Festival ticket through Mar. 1, 2020. Use promo code TEACHERLOVE.
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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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Sciencenter
Receive FREE admission for yourself and one guest.
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The Winter Recess Teacher Festival is a partnership between Visit Ithaca, Downtown Ithaca Alliance and Tompkins Chamber