Whether you’re planning a bridal shower or a spa day with friends, Varnish Lane has become one of our favorite spots to get pampered. The Friendship Heights nail salon, which opened last February, offers waterless treatments to help curb infection and prolong your manicure. As a former wedding planner, co-owner Lauren Dunne knows that small touches can make all the difference. That’s why the salon offers complimentary mimosas, leather armchairs equipped with iPads, and hundreds of chemical-free polishes from brands such as Deborah Lippmann and D.C.-based Mischo Beauty.
Varnish Lane, 5236 44th Street NW, Washington, D.C.; (202) 506-5308; www.varnishlane.com