Patrick Kennedy, Assistant Secretary of State for Administration, had just 10 days to scout the D.C. area for a facility for the Mideast Summit last October. The State Department required a venue within an hour's helicopter ride from the capital that provided delegates with seclusion from the outside world--and from each other if necessary. The Marriott-managed Wye River Conference Centers in Queenstown, Md., fit the bill. Located seventy miles from Washington in a rural setting, Wye River ...

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