Executive Editor

Rachel Ritchie oversees Portland Monthly’s travel and outdoors coverage, Style, Habitat, and Long Story Short departments, and writes and edits service features and narrative stories. She also co-edits the travel and outdoors blog, Tripster. She also attempts to enforce deadlines and keep the budget balanced—much to her coworkers’ amusement.

Since coming aboard in 2009, Rachel has helped Portland Monthly earn numerous City and Regional Magazine and Society of Professional Journalists award nominations, including General Excellence awards in 2011 and 2013, and two SPJ awards for Leisure and Lifestyle Reporting (“Best Restaurants,” “The 10 of 2013”). She has also written and edited pieces on everything from culinary road trips in the Northwest to exploring the history and landscape of Mount St. Helens.

The Boston native arrived in Oregon armed with a liberal arts degree in English literature from Colby College in 2005, and joined the Portland Monthly staff after two years at SagaCity’s now-folded, much-beloved Portland Spaces magazine.

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The Secrets Behind a New Portland Hotel's Room Design

The minds behind Hotel Eastlund reveal the art of creating memorable spaces.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 10/05/2015
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Bring Your Home to Life with Local Flowers

Fieldwork Flowers reveals how to build a better bouquet.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 10/05/2015
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Meet Portland's Hottest Makers of the Moment

From stylish modern macrame to museum-quality vintage poster restoration, Portland's creative class keeps getting cooler.

  • By Fiona McCann, Kelly Clarke, Rachel Ritchie, and Zach Dundas
  • Published 10/05/2015
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Why Portland Needs a Magazine Devoted to Design

Our executive editor meditates on the spaces and makers that deserve a fittingly stylish platform to show off their successes.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 10/05/2015
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What Was Your Quintessential Oregon Summer Moment?

As fall officially kicks off, we look back at a season of beach trips, bike rides, and record heat waves. Add your memory to the mix!

  • By Allison Jones
  • Published 09/23/2015
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Make the Most of the Final Weekend of Summer

Each week throughout the summer, we shared dozens of ways to make the most of your days off—now, get ready for one final hurrah.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 09/22/2015
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A Few Fresh (and Bubbly) Reasons to Return to Wine Country

Argyle's dramatic new tasting house gives the Willamette Valley even more sparkle—plus where to eat, paddle, and shop in between tasting flights.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 09/21/2015
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The 7 Best Shops to Find Stylish Goods for Your Home

From ultra-Northwest heritage to over-the-top European luxury, our best furniture stores hold the keys to a thoroughly stylish home life.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 09/21/2015
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Your Guide to the Perfect Portland Weekend: September 18-20

Each week throughout the summer, we’ll share dozens of ways to make the most of your days off! This week: Feast, Rose City Comic Con, and Hood River's Pear Celebration!

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 09/14/2015
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This Weekend, Do Your Own Hood to Coast

If you didn’t snag your spot in the 197-mile relay spectacle that is Hood to Coast, worry not—we’ve got just the DIY journey for you.

  • By Fiona McCann and Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 08/25/2015
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A Shopper's Guide to Portland's Best International Markets

Explore the world—one bite at a time—at Portland's plethora of global markets, where local meals and ingredients become tasty travelogues.

  • By Molly Woodstock, Marty Patail, Kelly Clarke, Allison Jones, Benjamin Tepler, Rachel Ritchie, and Zach Dundas
  • Published 08/24/2015
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The Ultimate Guide to the Perfect Portland Summer

This summer, no weekend shall be left behind. We offer itineraries for every day off from now until the end of September.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 08/01/2015
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A Field Guide to the Best Hiking and Biking Trails in Oregon

34 amazing places to hike, bike, and explore from Hood to the coast—and beyond.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 07/21/2015
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Why Portland Monthly Staffers Drove Over 3000 Miles this Month

...all in the pursuit of the ultimate Northwest trails.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 07/20/2015
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An Oregonian's Guide to Hiking and Biking in Washington

Don't let a state border keep you from tackling some of the best trails around.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 07/20/2015
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Seize the Summer with 9 Ways to Explore the Northwest on Bike, Boat, and ... Skis?

From the Hood River Fruit Loop and waterfall trails to challenging coastal hikes and bucolic cycling paths, we help you experience the marvels of our state.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 07/13/2015
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Portland's 10 Hottest Healthy Dishes of 2015

Welcome to flavor country, where locals are taking guilt-free nosh to a whole new level.

  • By Molly Woodstock and Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 07/13/2015
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Mastering the Art of Home-Brewed Kombucha

Salt, Fire & Time's Tressa Yellig shares her secrets to the best 'booch around.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 07/13/2015
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The Crush

We follow independent winemaker Brianne Day's captivating journey from the vine to the bottle in the Willamette Valley.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 07/01/2015
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Boulder Lake Makes an Ideal Summer Day Hike

With picture-perfect picnic tables, pine-dotted cliffs, and wildflowers, this 11-acre lake is calling.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 06/22/2015
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