2018 Winter Recess Teacher Festival Dates:

Friday, February 16th to Sunday February 25th


Welcome Teachers!


Pre-registration is now open, click here. 


The Ithaca Loves Teachers festival, now in its 13th 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.


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


Pre-registration begins February 1, 2018.



Hilton Garden Inn
Show your VIT pass to receive a rate for a standard room of $119 per night plus tax Sunday through Thursday and $139 per night plus tax Friday and Saturday nights. Rates also include breakfast for two in The Garden Grille.
Very Important Teacher Pass
Hotel Ithaca
Rooms available at a rate of $134 per night.
Very Important Teacher Pass Guest pass
Benn Conger Inn
The beautiful Benn Conger Inn welcomes teachers, school employees and their families with a special rate of just $99/night plus tax and one complimentary glass of wine if dining at Benn Conger's full restaurant, open Fridays and Saturdays.
Very Important Teacher Pass
La Tourelle
Teachers and their pets are always VIP's at La Tourelle with room specials starting at $114 per night! Please call La Tourelle Hotel directly to book your stay!
Very Important Teacher Pass Guest pass
Moosewood Restaurant
Receive a free Moosewood pint glass or coffee mug with a purchase of an entree. Also, enjoy 10% off featured cocktails, beers and wines.
Very Important Teacher Pass Coupon Guest pass
Maxie's Supper Club
Get a second entree free when you purchase one entree at full price. Must present coupon. Dine in only.
Very Important Teacher Pass Coupon
Liquid State Brewing Company
Purchase one beer and receive a second one free.
Very Important Teacher Pass Coupon
Simeon's American Bistro
Receive a complimentary glass of local wine or pint of beer with the purchase of an entree.
Very Important Teacher Pass Guest pass
Buy one Bol and get the second one at half off.
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Finger Lakes Wine and Craft Beverage Food Pairing Event at Coltivare
Certified Sommelier, Coltivare Professor of Wine, and Co-Owner of Experience the Finger Lakes tour company, Laura Winter Falk, shares with you Finger Lakes wines, beers, ciders and spirits paired with locally-sourced edibles. Learn about how to effectively pair your favorite Finger Lakes beverages with cheeses, charcuterie, and chocolates that you will explore with your palate and your mind. Maximum 30 people. Reservations REQUIRED. VIT passes get a 10% discount. Please use coupon code: IthacaLovesTeachers022418
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Complimentary Tastings at Kilpatrick's Happy Hour
School's Out. Come enjoy Happy Hour with Kilpatrick's Publick House with snacks and complimentary tastings from Ithaca Beer Company (on 2/20) and Lucky Hare (on 2/21). Don't forget your coupon for Kilpatrick's deal.
Very Important Teacher Pass Coupon Guest pass
Passionate Pairings Chocolate Tasting Event
This pairing event features unique combinations of our hand crafted chocolates with coffee, tea, cheese, fruits and other unique foods. Tickets are $25 per person. Each ticket includes six pairings, light hor d’oeuvers, and non-alcoholic beverages. First 100 ticket purchasers receive an exclusive swag bag at the event. Use coupon code: TAKE5TEACH online and save $5 off your ticket. Coupon valid online only.
Very Important Teacher Pass Coupon Guest pass
Chocolatada! A Teacher Vacation Event
Celebrate chocolate through history, with tastings, and hands-on activities. Come experience the rich story of chocolate starting from a tree: learn how it grows and how cacao seeds are processed to become lusciously smooth chocolate. Sample diverse chocolates as you travel through their place in history, and honor the Mexican Day of the Dead custom by grinding chocolate nibs on a traditional Mexican metate and decorating a chocolate skull. You will taste the exotic chocolate from Modica, Sicily, sample award winning white chocolate from Venezuela and smell the aromas of chocolate as it is processed through a modern conching machine and more. Tickets are $10 per Family group and are purchased at the door. Paid parking adjacent to building.
Very Important Teacher Pass Guest pass
Winter Recess Opening Reception at Hotel Ithaca
You are all invited to a casual gathering with complimentary food and drink sponsored by the Ithaca Teachers Association and Hotel Ithaca from 1:00pm - 3:00pm on Sunday, February 18, 2018. Meet teachers from all over the region, enjoy live music, enter to win raffles, enjoy a selection of craft vendors and more! FREE with VIT and Teacher's Pet pass.
Very Important Teacher Pass Guest pass
August Moon Spa
Receive a free Hot Bowl Sinus Relief Treatment or Dry Brushing when you book an appointment.
Very Important Teacher Pass Coupon
Cornell Botanic Gardens
Receive 25% off one item of choice in the Garden Shop!
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Ferrer & Monaghan Vein and Aesthetic Center
Receive 40% off hair restoration products and services, 30% off femine rejuvenation services, 20% off laser hair removal services and 10% off botox and fillers. Must be purchased during 2018 Teacher's Week. Must provide proof of education-related employment. Valid at all three locations: Ithaca, Horseheads and Vestal.
Very Important Teacher Pass
SewGreen & Eileen Fisher Renew
Receive 20% off your total purchase.
Very Important Teacher Pass Coupon Guest pass
YMCA of Ithaca & Tompkins County
Tompkins County Teachers: Show your VIT or Teacher's Pet pass during teacher's week to receive one week FREE. All VITs and Teacher's Pet's that work outside of Tompkins County can visit for half-off the activity fee (normally $10). Proper ID necessary. All programs and childcare are at an additional cost.
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