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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Ultimate Summer Day Trips

It's time to make the most of Oregon's peak season with dozens of swimming holes, day hikes, picnic spots, and beach trips.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 08/01/2014
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Tripster: Weekend Plans

Festival season is upon us! Make your plans to gather berries, listen to some bluegrass, watch movies in Oregon Garden, and celebrate marriage equality.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 07/14/2014
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The Perfect Weekend in Vancouver B.C.

Escape to Canada's Cascadian metropolis for 72 hours of great food, chic hotels, dreamy bike rides, and city strolls—all just a few hours to the north.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 07/01/2014
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Cool Off with Our 6 Favorite Summer Beers

Our go-to half-dozen local brews to quench your seasonal thirst.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 07/01/2014
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Tripster: Weekend Plans

It's summer! Go fly a kite in Lincoln City, celebrate whiskey on Distillery Row, and join us for a Country Brunch hoedown.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 06/13/2014
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16 Perfect Trails for Exploring Mount St. Helens

Whether you're scouting for a family-friendly stroll or a three-day backpacking challenge, we've rounded up the best hiking opportunities on the volcano's west, east, and south sides.

  • By Maya Seaman, Aaron Scott, and Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 06/02/2014
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The Portland Horizon's OTHER Mountain

Our executive editor meditates on the view of Mount St. Helens from her office.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 06/02/2014
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Mount St. Helens: Anatomy of an Eruption

Inside the events of May 18, 1980—and scientific insight on when it could happen again.

  • By Rachel Ritchie and Zach Dundas
  • Published 06/02/2014
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The Essential Guide to Mount St. Helens

We explore the mountain's top trails and campgrounds, history and lore, and take in in-depth look inside the historic eruption.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 06/02/2014
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Tripster: Weekend Plans

Memorial Day in the valley, Festival of Flowers in Portland, new BBQ in Newberg, and wildflowers everywhere!

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 05/16/2014
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Tripster: Weekend Plans

Marvel at tall ships in Coos Bay, savor wine and pears in the Columbia River Gorge, and treat mom to some TLC.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 05/02/2014
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Reasons to Love Portland

From poetry to poutine, from high tech to high fashion, we celebrate what makes our city the best anywhere.

  • By Laini Taylor, Justin Hocking, Brian Doyle, Rene Denfeld, Greg Young, Lexy Folkes, Peter Holmstrom, Maya Seaman, Molly Woodstock, Marty Patail, Kelly Clarke, Jonathan Frochtzwajg, Carl Abbott, Allison Jones, Benjamin Tepler, Aaron Scott, Rachel Ritchie, Zach Dundas, and Randy Gragg
  • Published 04/25/2014
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Tripster: Weekend Plans

Sip 60 Northwest ciders, catch stunning glimpses of wildflowers and puffins, and take your electric vehicle to wine country!

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 04/21/2014
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Puffins Arrive on Haystack Rock

This month, puffins from the open seas of the Pacific return to Cannon Beach's monolith to lay eggs and raise their chicks.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 04/11/2014
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The New Golden Age of Los Angeles

Inside the creative reoccupation of Southern California's historic downtown, from a new Ace Hotel to new bars and boutiques.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 04/02/2014
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Filmed by Bike Festival Giveaway

The bike-themed independent film fest will take over the Clinton Street Theater April 19–22. And we've got a pair of free passes!

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 03/31/2014
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7 Wonders of Oregon

Travel Oregon releases a pride-swelling video campaign surveying some of the more mind-blowing destinations in our state.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 03/07/2014
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25 Sandwiches That Will Change Your Life

Why Portland stacks up as America's great new sandwich city

  • By Karen Brooks and Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 03/03/2014
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Bagby Hot Springs

It's always the right season for a pilgrimage to Oregon's rustic natural spa, tucked in the woods of the Cascade Range.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 02/26/2014
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Hey, Barkeep! 5 Local Bartenders to Watch

Savvy shakers share their signature drinks, cocktail philosophy, and where they sip on their nights off.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 02/03/2014
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