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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
$119.00
The Hotel Ithaca
Winter Recess rates starting at $119.00.
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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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$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
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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$129.00
Canopy by Hilton Ithaca Downtown
Teachers enjoy room rates starting at just $129 a night!
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WINE & DINE
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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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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Sheldrake Point Winery
Receive a FREE flight of four of our estate wines. Receive 5% off any wine purchases.
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EVENTS
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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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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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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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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Free Chair Massage
Free chair massage at Sea Change Massage Therapy! Massages will be in 5-10 minute intervals.
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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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Cayuga Marketplace
Teachers enjoy up to 50% savings from area merchants on our ecommerce site!
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Axa Advisors LLC
Receive a FREE one hour consultation.
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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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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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The Winter Recess Teacher Festival is a partnership between Visit Ithaca, Downtown Ithaca Alliance and Tompkins Chamber