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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DEALS & HAPPENINGS

Tripster: Weekend Plans

Travel stories, roots and vines, farm dinners, and summer festivals...it's time to gear up for sunshine!

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 05/05/2015
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BEST BRUNCHES 2015

The 10 Best New Brunches in Portland

A bumper crop of delicious new brunches takes root in PDX, with global flavors and, just as important, no hours-long wait for tables—plus five more plates we can't resist.

  • By Kelly Clarke, Benjamin Tepler, Karen Brooks, Rachel Ritchie, and Zach Dundas
  • Published 04/27/2015
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HIGH SPIRITS

A Drinking Guide to Oregon Vermouth for Your Home Bar

A new wave of local vermouth spices up the liquor cabinet.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 04/27/2015
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BEST BRUNCH 2015

3 Perfect Brunch Cocktails for Day-Drinking Bliss

There’s more to brunch boozing than tired mimosas and Bloodies. These discoveries take the hair of the dog to new levels.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 04/27/2015
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DEALS & HAPPENINGS

Tripster: Weekend Plans

This week in travel: Shakespeare on Orcas Island, celebrating Syrah, Blossom Time in the Gorge, and digging for clams in Long Beach

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 04/07/2015
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REAL ESTATE 2015

Secrets of Portland's Top Real Estate Agents

Portland's home market experts weigh in on inventory, cash offers, and love letters to sellers.

  • By Rachel Ritchie and Zach Dundas
  • Published 04/07/2015
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DEALS & HAPPENINGS

Tripster: Weekend Plans

Wild and crazy ales, 40 acres of stunning tulips, and Shakespeare on Orcas Island. It must be spring!

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 03/24/2015
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LONG STORY SHORT

What Does it Feel Like to Wear a Blouse of Bees?

Portland's Bee queen, Sara Mapelli, advocates for pollinators via daring acts of performance art.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 03/20/2015
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EDITORS' NOTE

Why We're Donating a Portion of March Newsstand Sales to the Women's Foundation of Oregon

Our state is full of both inspiring #oregonwoman success stories and startling statistics of poverty and assault. Here's how to help.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 03/20/2015
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DEALS & HAPPENINGS

Tripster: Weekend Plans

Savor Oregon food and wine in Cannon Beach, pick up some fine furniture in Yachats, and gorge yourself on cheese in Central Point!

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 03/10/2015
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#OREGONWOMAN

10 Amazing Oregon Women Breaking Barriers, Kicking Ass, and Inspiring Us All

The inspiring women of our state are writers, brewers, ranchers, politicians, designers, investors, punk rockers, and mothers. They are pioneers, rule-breakers, and innovators. Meet them.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 03/02/2015
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#OREGONWOMAN

Marcela Alcantar's Incredible Journey

Marcela Alcantar, president of Alcantar & Associates, on her roots in Mexico, her love of dirt, and launching the Diversified Builders and Engineers Council

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 03/02/2015
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WEEKEND GETAWAY

Lummi Island: An Otherworldly Northwest Island Escape

The meal of a lifetime? It's on a woodsy island at the edge of the San Juans, and it's waiting for you.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 03/02/2015
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#OREGONWOMAN

How Kendall Clawson Doubled the Number of Women Running Oregon

The Office of the Governor's Deputy Chief of Staff has fought for the LGBTQ community, supported people diagnosed with AIDS, and radically changed the face of the state's policy boards. And she's not done yet.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 03/02/2015
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#OREGONWOMAN

How Strategist Rebecca Tweed Transformed Oregon Politics

The political consultant behind more than 40 Oregon campaigns goes beyond party lines to elect the best person for the job.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 03/02/2015
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#OREGONWOMAN

Portland’s Pioneer of Natural Hair Care Fought the Law (and Won)

Amber Starks of Conscious Coils saw a flaw in the licensing laws for natural hair care and decided to do something about it.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 03/02/2015
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DEALS & HAPPENINGS

Tripster: Weekend Plans

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival kicks off, the Jupiter Hotel launches a boozy package, and Travel Oregon offers a free "wintercation."

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 02/24/2015
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JUST BECAUSE

An Epic Oregon Coast Video

Crashing waves, towering monoliths, otherworldly sunsets—this video reminds us why we love the Oregon coast.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 02/09/2015
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#OREGONWOMAN

Carrie Brownstein: The New Icon of Oregon Feminism

From punk rock to Portlandia to her forthcoming memoir, one of Oregon's biggest superstars opens up about what (and who) inspires her. PLUS: A behind-the-scenes video of our cover shoot.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 02/05/2015
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#OREGONWOMAN

The Startling Truth About Pay Inequality in Oregon

Did you know that women in Oregon earn 79¢ for every dollar a man earns? We offer an annotated guide to the shocking numbers behind our state's wage gap.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 02/02/2015
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