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Welcome Teachers!


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


The 2019 Winter Recess Teacher Festival will take place Friday, February 15th to Sunday February 24th.



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. 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 Details tab above



To make your wait shorter at check in, be sure to check back here

to find a pre-registration link added to the site no later than February 1, 2019.





Hotel Ithaca
The Hotel Ithaca is pleased to offer $109.00 rates for King rooms and $119.00 for double queen rooms. Simply reserve by going to -add code- drop down - rate access corporate code and type in ITWK.
Very Important Teacher Pass
La Tourelle
Teachers and their pets are always VIP's at La Tourelle with weekday rates starting at $114 per night, weekend rates starting at $144 per night, Valentine Weekend rates starting at $164 per night!
Very Important Teacher Pass Guest pass
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. For our guest staying during teachers week, February 15th to the 24th from 4pm to 6pm join us in the hotel lobby for adult pairings and libations.
Very Important Teacher Pass
Cayuga Lake Wine Trail
$5 off a $35 wine purchase at any of the 14 member wineries. $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: ithheartteachmg19 limit 2 per transaction.
Very Important Teacher Pass Guest pass
Ithaca Coffee Company (Triphammer Marketplace or Gateway Commons)
Receive $1 off draft beer or full glass of wine, or $3 off your growler or crowler fill. Must be 21 or older. Present coupon for buy one Espresso Bar Beverage (incl. tea, hot chocolate, coffee, and espresso drinks) & get one of equal or lesser value free! Coupons cannot be combined. Valid at both locations.
Very Important Teacher Pass Coupon Guest pass
Maxie's Supper Club
Get a second entree free when you purchase one entree at full price (up to a $20 value). Must present coupon. Dine in only.
Very Important Teacher Pass Coupon
The Bistro at La Tourelle
Receive $5 off any meal, breakfast, lunch, or brunch.
Very Important Teacher Pass Guest pass
Kilpatrick's Publick House
Receive 20% off the bill. Present coupon for buy one entree, get one entree 50% off. Coupon may be used in combination with 20% discount deal.
Very Important Teacher Pass Coupon Guest pass
Try-It Wheel Workshop
Teacher's Only "Try-It" wheel class for half price $22 instead of $44. Limited spots available. Pre-registration is required. Please use the following link to register,
Very Important Teacher 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 Saturday, February 16, 2019. 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
Ed Tech Day 2019
Educational Technology Day is an exciting opportunity for people in the upstate New York area to see the latest in computer and communications technologies. Learn how technology is currently being used in education, and see what can be expected in the coming years. Free
Very Important Teacher Pass Guest pass
Private Teacher Tasting at F. Oliver's
Join us for a wonderful night of fun food, laughter and learning. F. Oliver's will provide delicious hors d'oeuvres along with some great information on how to prepare foods simply while keeping them tasty and healthy! Tickets are $15/ea, participants MUST call/email to register, space is extremely limited. Teachers are allowed ONE non-teacher guest.
Very Important Teacher Pass Guest pass
Free Beer Tasting at ICC Tavern (Gateway Commons)
Learn and linger over your favorite libations! Sample something new at our guided tasting. Don't forget your VIT or TP pass for $1 off full draft pours or glasses of wine and $3 off growler or crowler fills.
Very Important Teacher Pass Guest pass
Ithaca Farmers Market
Receive a FREE Ithaca Farmers Market tote bag with proof of purchase from any vendor at the Ithaca Farmers Market Winter Market.
Very Important Teacher Pass Coupon Guest pass
Ithaca Visitor Center
Receive 25% off our FIRST EVER Ithaca is Teachers Tee! You can order your tee online at
Very Important Teacher Pass Guest pass
Discover Cayuga Lake
Go for a Cruise on Cayuga Lake! Receive 50% off our gift cards purchased in the month of February. When purchasing, enter the code: teachers_pet. Proceeds from all Discover Cayuga Lake cruises support our popular Trout in the Classroom and Floating Classroom educational programs.
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Elmira Savings Bank
Stop into any one of our Ithaca/Moravia Branches and ask about our Super E Checking account.
Very Important Teacher Pass Guest pass
Cayuga Marketplace
Receive an EXTRA 20% off when purchasing $13 or more! Enter promo code: TEACH20 at checkout!
Very Important Teacher Pass