VP, Digital Content

From her perch in Portland, Rachel Ritchie oversees digital content strategy and new product development for all of SagaCity's magazines. That means she toils in a world of wireframes, apps, themes, blogs, and tweets—but her heart will forever live with the content. Formerly a Co-Editor in Chief at Portland Monthly, Rachel helped the magazine 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 Oregon's most inspiring women 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 in 2009, after two years at SagaCity’s now-folded, much-beloved Portland Spaces magazine.

Album Review

Blind Pilot’s And Then Like Lions and the Nature of Grief

On their third album, the local band digs deep into an often beautiful exploration of loss.

10/26/2016 By Rachel Ritchie

WATER WORLD

Your Ultimate Guide to Northwest Swimming Holes

From hidden gems to trusty stalwarts, here’s where to cool down when the mercury soars. Plus: your essential river rat gear guide and some etiquette suggestions (if we may).

07/12/2016 By Benjamin Tepler, Margaret Seiler, Rachel Ritchie, and Caleb Diehl

TAKE THE PLUNGE

9 Incredible Northwest Swimming Holes

Breath-stealing waterfalls. Secluded lakes. Rollicking rivers. The Northwest’s greatest summer destinations hide off the beaten path—and within three hours of Portland.

07/12/2016 Edited by Benjamin Tepler By Rachel Ritchie, Margaret Seiler, and Caleb Diehl

HAPPY TRAILS

10 Northwest Hiking and Biking Trails to Help You Seize the Summer

From bike rides along abandoned rail lines to awe-inspiring waterfall treks, here’s how to experience the Northwest at its most majestic.

06/24/2016 By Rachel Ritchie

BEST OF THE CITY 2016

Best of the City 2016: 11 Portland Eats, Spots, and Sips We Can’t Resist Right Now

Iced matcha-chai lattes to killer pastrami sandwiches, here are some of our city’s most delicious things.

06/13/2016 By Kelly Clarke, Eden Dawn, Marty Patail, Benjamin Tepler, Karen Brooks, and Rachel Ritchie

OUTDOORS GUIDE 2016

Oregon's Ultimate Summer Backpacking Treks and River Trips

Quintessential Northwest trails. Epic whitewater voyages. Luxuriously lazy floats. Here’s how to make the most of the season.

05/19/2016 Edited by Rachel Ritchie By Benjamin Tepler, Christopher Van Tilberg, and Adam Sawyer

GEAR UP

Your Essential Outdoors Gear Guide

Alpine packs to camp shoes, backpacking stoves to featherweight tents, here’s some of the best gear around, nearly all of it locally made.

05/19/2016 By Rachel Ritchie

CAMPING GUIDE

How to Camp Like a True Oregonian

We tapped a slew of Oregon experts for hard-earned tips and tricks for every kind of camping.

05/19/2016 By Rachel Ritchie and Benjamin Tepler

BACKPACKING

Eight Classic Northwest Backpacking Trips

High-desert mesas, gushing waterfalls, and breathtaking wildflower displays: whatever your style, there’s a trail for you.

05/19/2016 Edited by Rachel Ritchie By Benjamin Tepler and Christopher Van Tilberg

HABITAT

How A Striking Tasting Room Takes House Spirits to New Heights

The Pacific Northwest’s largest distillery has a massive new home in the Central Eastside.

03/01/2016 By Rachel Ritchie

EDITORS’ NOTE

Why Travel Writing Is the Worst Awesome Job Ever

And should be nothing to complain about—but sometimes we do anyway.

03/01/2016 By Rachel Ritchie

NORTHWEST GETAWAYS

Ten Once-in-a-Lifetime Cascadian Journeys

From ice cave expeditions to lavish river safaris to nostalgic train trips, here are the Pacific Northwest’s most epic getaways.

02/23/2016 Edited by Rachel Ritchie By Marty Patail, Benjamin Tepler, and Christopher Van Tilberg

NORTHWEST GETAWAYS

Explore Ice Caves in Whistler

Spring for an extravagant backcountry adventure amid Canada’s peaks.

02/23/2016 By Rachel Ritchie

NORTHWEST GETAWAYS

Slide Show: Explore Ice Caves in Whistler

Spring for an extravagant backcountry adventure amid Canada’s peaks.

02/23/2016 By Rachel Ritchie

NORTHWEST GETAWAYS

Lodge-Hop the Olympic Peninsula

Explore a rare, lichen-cloaked landscape—and some seriously old-school lodging.

02/23/2016 By Rachel Ritchie

NORTHWEST GETAWAYS

Golf Bandon Dunes

Tackle the Northwest’s most challenging, maddening, and gorgeous golf course.

02/23/2016 By Rachel Ritchie

NORTHWEST GETAWAYS

Slide Show: Surf 'n' Soak in Tofino

A British Columbia gem offers equal parts exhilaration and relaxation.

02/23/2016 By Rachel Ritchie

NORTHWEST GETAWAYS

Surf ’n’ Soak in Tofino

A British Columbia gem offers equal parts exhilaration and relaxation.

02/23/2016 By Rachel Ritchie

NORTHWEST GETAWAYS

Cruise the Alaskan Panhandle

Charter a yacht to navigate some of the world’s most bewitching waters.

02/23/2016 By Rachel Ritchie

NORTHWEST GETAWAYS

Raft the Upper Klamath

Take to the water in style, with your own riverside compound.

02/23/2016 By Rachel Ritchie