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Road trip: Sarasota

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Here’s the thing about weekend getaways in Sarasota: You don’t have time for all the good restaurants. I never got to Michael’s on East, which one friend called the best restaurant in town. I never got to the new Belgian place downtown or to Euphemia Haye, which is on nearby Longboat Key. But I still ate well. I don’t know the formula for these matters, but I think Sarasota must have a disproportionately high number of must-do restaurants for a city of its size. Check out my story on going to Sarasota here. You’ll find my recommendations for good restaurants, fun in the outdoors (like kayaking through the mangrove tunnels on Sarasota Bay, above), and viewing art.  And while you're thinking about Sarasota, read Chris Dolen's story here on the Ringling International Arts Festival, coming up Oct. 10-13.