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Ithaca Loves Teachers Celebration Feb. 11-28!
Open to all PreK-12 teachers and school staff. See all deals at

An annual Celebration of all Teachers in February!

The Ithaca community comes together every February to celebrate educators with entertainment, activities, family fun and discounts throughout Tompkins County. It's our way of saying thanks to educators everywhere for all of your hard work and dedication!

Join us Feb 11th-28th, 2022.

Registration opens Feb. 4th at


Lodging offers & deals for 2022:

  • La Tourelle Hotel Spa & Bistro -- 15% off any room Sunday-Thursday night and 10% off any room Friday and Saturday night. Call to book your deal: (607) 273-2734
  • Ithaca Marriott Downtown -- $119 king room Sat-Sun
  • Hilton Garden Inn Ithaca -- Sun-Thurs $109, Fri-Sat $125. Book online with promo code TEACH
  • Canopy by Hilton Ithaca --  Sun -Thurs $109, Fri-Sat $119. Book online with promo code LTI
  • The Inn at Gothic Eves -- Free massage services with your Getaway. Call to book your deal: (607) 387-6033
  • Grayhaven Motel -- see pass for details
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton -- 15% off Rack Rate. Call to book your deal: (607) 266-0000
  • Best Western University Inn -- Any Rooms $109/night plus tax. Call to book your deal: (607)272-6100
  • Quality Inn -- $89/night plus tax. Call to book your deal: (607) 272-0100
  • Thomas Farm Bed & Breakfast -- $150/night February 25-28. Gourmet breakfast for two included with your dietary needs accommodated. Call to book your deal: (607) 539-9916
  • Inn on Columbia -- King rooms for $145/night and Suites for $205/night, includes a full breakfast and parking. Call to book your deal: (607) 272-0204
  • Fairfield Inn -- $109 double queen room or King. The offer does not include tax and is not valid on Valentine's Day. Book online with promo code Ithaca Loves Teachers
  • Hampton Inn --  $119 double queen room or King. The offer does not include tax and is not valid on Valentine's Day. Call to book your deal promo code Ithaca Loves Teachers: (607) 277-5500 or book online

...all additional deals and special offers will be available to view on the digital pass beginning February 4th!

Who's Invited?
Ithaca Loves Teachers is open to all public school teachers, school district employees/staff, teachers union retirees, homeschool teachers and childcare workers with discounted lodging, dining and activities. You may also share your pass with one member of your household.

Registration is free. To redeem deals and upon checking-in to accommodations, please be prepared to show your school ID badge or equivalent, or proof of employment in education/teachers union retiree status.

Where does Ithaca Loves Teachers take place?
As a community-wide event, Ithaca Loves Teachers takes advantage of multiple venues throughout Ithaca, with additional recreational offerings throughout the surrounding Finger Lakes region.

How do I redeem my discounts? 
Registration opens on February 4, 2022. At that time you’ll see a full list of deals. We've made it easier for you! Teachers (and 1 guest) will use a digital savings pass accessible on any mobile device. You no longer have to keep track of all of those coupons as the deals will all be viewable and redeemable from your digital pass. You will need to show your digital passbook with you at all times to be eligible to receive discounts.

Where Do I Check In?
We are eliminating the need for in-person check-in at the beginning of the program, however we still have a free gift from our sponsors.
Once we you have redeemed 2 deals, come to the Downtown Visitor Center or East Shore Drive Offices to receive your gift (available while supplies last). During the Ithaca Loves Teachers celebration both locations will be open Monday-Saturday, 10am to 5pm.

  • Downtown Visitor Center, inside the Tompkins Center for History & Culture, 110 North Tioga Street
  • Tompkins Chamber Office, 904 East Shore Drive

We're happy to help you make the most of your time, stop in our Visitor Center with questions or to say hello.

What is a VIT Badge?
VIT badges will not be given out this year, please be prepared to show your school ID or proof of school district employment upon checking in to an accommodation or as you are redeeming deals. Even without a badge, we still think you are a VIT (very important teacher)!

Is there an Opening Reception?
An opening reception is not happening in 2022. We will miss seeing everyone at a big gathering, however safety remains a top priority in our community. It's our intention to once again host an in-person reception in 2023.

What if I'm a Private School Educator or Homeschool Teacher?
We welcome you. While Winter Recess formally celebrates the unique contribution of public school educators, the Ithaca community supports the work of all certified classroom educators and school employees. To qualify for Ithaca Loves Teachers discounts, private school educators must be prepared to present proof of employment (school ID recommended) at each merchant. All other Ithaca Loves Teachers guidelines apply.

Thank you, teachers!

Ithaca loves teachers tote bag


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