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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Two-Minute Critic

A Brine Time

Savor the seasoning at the Salt Grotto in the Pearl.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 03/16/2010
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Great Neighborhoods: Taking the Long View

Walking to the Future

Portland is anticipating hefty changes over three decades, according to the city's new 30-year urban blueprint.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 03/16/2010
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The Mudroom

Perfect Pairings

Enjoy a cold one while you wait for a restaurant as we examine four ambiguously adept combos of eat and drink.

  • By Avz, Amber Villa-Zang, Rachel Ritchie, and Kasey Cordell
  • Published 03/15/2010
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High Spirits

Prost

Drink some bier and eat your wurst at this German beer hall, located on N Mississippi Avenue.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 02/17/2010
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Long Story Short

The Rugger

Meet San Juanita Moreno, 26-year-old from Eastern Oregon, who has found her place in Rugby amongst Portland's premier women's team and the Olympic US national team.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 02/15/2010
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INTRODUCING…

Fats

The newest member of Micah Camden's culinary empire, Fats, gives Portland the taste of a British gastropub. And poutine.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 01/19/2010
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Mudroom

Chasing the Wind

Renewable Energy Composite Solutions and Oregon Wind battle in a war for wind.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 01/19/2010
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Mudroom

Upward Bound

It's been 20 years since Barbara Roberts became Oregon's first female governor, and five years since Vera Katz was mayor, and since then, no woman has even been a major candidate for their offices. Emerge America, a Democratic women's boot camp, aims to

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 01/19/2010
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Christianity in Portland

Jesus’s Favorite City

Despite a reputation as one of the "least-churched" regions in the country, Portland is a breeding ground for liberal Christianity. We sat down with a few of Portland's liberal church avant-garde and had a conversation about the value of religion.

  • By Martin Patail, Rachel Ritchie, and Randy Gragg
  • Published 12/11/2009
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POUR

Mr. Tea

After a short retirement, Steve Smith, the founder of Tazo, is back with a new assortment of teas that bring tastes from around the world to Portland.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 12/11/2009
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Feature

Mt. Hood

As the temperatures dip towards freezing, that big A-shaped peak to the east, Mt. Hood, calls to Portlanders. We've put together a guide that highlights 23 of the mountain's most essential experiences.

  • By Kelly O'Connor, Rachel Ritchie, Christopher Van Tilburg, Brian Barker, and Kasey Cordell
  • Published 11/09/2009

Mudroom

Unspoken Word

On the heels of Megan McMorris' _P.S. What I Didn't Say_, a Portland native scours schools, churches, and prisons for letters indicating what someone would have said.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 11/09/2009
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EAT THIS NOW

Pepsi Chicken

Veteran restauranteur Jay Irvin marinades his chicken in Pepsi, making for a meat that's sweet, savory, and tender—think teriyaki chicken with a sorghum tinge.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 11/09/2009
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POUR

Autumn on the Rocks

Take a little inspiration from the Czech Republic to find the right drink to bridge the seasons in the city.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 10/09/2009
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Web Exclusive

Set Out for the South

Portland Monthly editor Rachel Ritchie shares pictures from her getaway adventure into Southeast Oregon.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 09/11/2009
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FALL TRAVEL

Explore Hidden Oregon

From the sprawling emptiness of southeastern Oregon to the rough tranquility of the Oregon Coast, the state is ripe for exploring. No matter where you're going to, there are some lesser-known gems that can't be missed. We've found 30 such adventures.

  • By Rachel Ritchie, Brian Barker, Randy Gragg, and Kasey Cordell
  • Published 09/11/2009
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POUR

Can It

The historically maligned beer can undergoes a craft brew makeover led by Colorado's Oskar Blues Brewery. Will this trend spread to Oregon?

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 09/10/2009
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Feature

Portland's Best Burgers

You got the need, the need for beef? Let our guide to Portland's best burgers give you the resources you need to make that educated culinary choice on that most American of dishes: the hamburger. We scoured the city to find the best in nine different ca

  • By Rachel Ritchie, John Chandler, Brian Barker, Randy Gragg, Kasey Cordell, and Martha Calhoon
  • Published 07/20/2009

Mudroom

Upgrade Avenue

If ever a patch of pavement could capture the multiple personalities of Portland’s past, present, and future, it would be the intersection of N Denver and N Interstate Avenues in the historic Kenton neighborhood. But now the Portland Development Commissio

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 06/23/2009
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Article

Heart and Sole

Nike’s new Native American shoe meets mixed reviews.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 05/19/2009
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