I just profiled a Finger Lakes region teacher, Robb Munro - you can drive by his school on your way to Ithaca's Winter Recess (February 16-23rd). This is the only festival of which I'm aware that honors pre-K - 12 teachers and gives them a week of discounts and goodies. You can find all of the details here.
I visited Ithaca for the first time in October, so let me play travel agent and suggest some restaurants. Just a Taste, a wine and tapas bar, had delicious food and flights of local wine. And be sure to stop in to Moosewood for lunch.