I also know that Rachael has occasionally done the hotel thing where she locks herself in a hotel room for a weekend and does nothing but write, and maybe snort lines of crushed Oreos.
I went away this weekend to Thousand Oaks for a reunion at my alma mater and thought I'd give the hotel thing a try as well. It didn't work for me. Even in the quiet of the hotel room, I found myself distracted simply by being in a new place. Sure, I got about several hundred words written on Friday night, but nothing last night. I'm back home now, so hopefully I'll be able to get more done.
On the bright side, you can't accuse me of never taking one of those vacation thingies.