The economy may be picking up a little but more and more people are opting to stay closer to home on vacations. That's why the new 2013 Oneida County Travel Guide, issued Monday, is such a valuable resource. What can you expect to find in it?

First of all, there are ideas based on each local community with the Utica, Rome, Sylvan Beach, North Country and Southern Hills areas all spotlighted. Then there is information regarding various activities such as golf, outdoor recreation, winter sports, shopping, restaurants and arts and entertainment. The 2013 Oneida County Travel Guide is a one stop source of useful information with handy phone numbers, e-mail addresses and websites at your fingertips. You can up one up at any town office, the Oneida County Office Building or the Oneida County Tourism office at the Thruway entrance.