Want to avoid accusations of excess? Consider meeting at a monastery. Fortunately, you don't have to travel to Transylvania to find a facility (although planners at eventintransylvania.com will be glad to set you up at the Franciscans' Monastery and Church). Groups of up to 250 can meet at St. Francis Hall, adjacent to the Franciscan Monastery in Washington, D.C. (www.myfranciscan.org). Or try the Benedictine Retreat & Conference Center at St. Paul's Monastery in Minnesota (stpaulsmonastery.org).