Assistant Editor

Ramona joined the Portland Monthly team in late 2014 to generate annual research packages like Top DoctorsSchools, and Real Estate; as well as head the magazine's fact checking and travel departments. 

Ramona was first recognized for her writing chops in 1990, when she won a seventh-grade essay contest. Asked to pick the nation's most pressing issue, Ramona wisely chose inflation (rates promptly fell). She now mostly steers clear of economic forecasting, writing instead about crazy kayakers, chef-activists, coastal adventures, and Central Oregon hotshots 

Prior to Portland Monthly, Ramona wrote for a range of nonprofits, planned international events, and directed a venture capital association. She was raised in the Bay Area, Oklahoma, and Kansas, but has called Portland home since 2001. Currently, Ramona is working on a graduate thesis (on fact checking) for Portland State University’s MFA in Creative Writing-Nonfiction program.

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Beer Me

Wayfinder Beer (Finally) Opens

The minds behind Podnah’s Pit, Double Mountain, and Sizzle Pie launch a vast new lager-centric beer hall in industrial Southeast. Opening date is October 1.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 09/28/2016

Tiny Homes

Want to Get in on Portland’s ADU Boom? Here’s What You Need to Know

Portland’s relationship with tiny homes? It’s complicated. Here’s how to budget for your ADU—and avoid bureaucratic hell.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 09/21/2016

Q&A

Can Tiny Homes Help Solve Homelessness?

“It’s a logical way of upsizing from a tent,” says urban planner Andrew Heben.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 09/21/2016

Beer Me

Fresh Hops? This Weekend, Hood River’s Got ‘Em

The annual fresh hop beer festival has more than 75 brews this year. How to choose? Here are PoMo’s top five picks.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 09/20/2016

Getaways

10 Perfect Northwest Fall Day Trips

Apple picking to wine tasting to river rafting, here’s how to make hay while the sun still shines.

  • By Julie Whipple, Molly Woodstock, Marty Patail, Margaret Seiler, and Ramona DeNies
  • Published 09/13/2016

Fall Day Trips: Hood to Coast

Autumn Leaves to Cranberry Cocktails: Five Easy Day Trips to Make the Most of Fall

And most within spitting distance of Portland.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 09/13/2016

Fall Day Trips: Orchard Outing

An October Apple Picking Trip in Oregon’s Hood River Valley

The upside of autumn chill? Harvest time in Parkdale and beyond.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 09/13/2016

Gear Up

Check Out This Portland-Made Wheelchair Rugby Gear

The US National team gets a hand from a local studio—and some college students.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 09/07/2016

Hotels

Suttle Lodge Is Now Open (Paging Wes Anderson)

In the Deschutes National Forest near Sisters, a painstakingly renovated wilderness lodge aims to marry highballs and vintage lawn chairs, canoes and camp chic.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 08/30/2016

Getaways

Vashon Island, the Idyllic Puget Sound Getaway You Didn’t Know You Needed

Come for the haute-rustic dining, stay for the Thriftway.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 08/15/2016

Long Story Short

For Years, Karlen Yallup Fought Forest Fires Across the West

Now the 24-year-old, raised by a family of elite “hotshots,” wants to take the fight from Warm Springs to Washington, DC.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 08/15/2016

Beer Me

Everything's Better with Beer—Even Running

The determinedly mellow Oregon Brewery Running series starts this fall.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 08/11/2016

NPS Centennial

Happy Birthday, National Parks—We Got You Something Nice!

This month, the National Park Service turns 100 years old. We found six amazing items to trick out your celebration.

  • By Marisa Russell and Ramona DeNies
  • Published 08/08/2016

Openings

First Look: Honky Tonk Taco

Eat Beat has an early peek at the new SE Division Street rock-’n’-roll taqueria.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 07/22/2016

Beer Me

Could a Megabrew Merger Threaten Oregon Craft Beer?

Local brewers—and US Senator Jeff Merkley—rally against a potential union of the world's two biggest beer empires, Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 07/22/2016

BEER

In the Heart of Wine Country, This Newberg Brewery Crafts Hyperlocal Wild Ales

Think you know farmhouse ales? At Wolves & People, think again.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 07/12/2016

SPORTS

In the Run-Up to Rio, Can the Nike Oregon Project Outpace Controversy?

Portland native Galen Rupp is on track to run the Olympic marathon. Chasing him, and coach Alberto Salazar, is the elite sport’s complicated relationship with performance shortcuts.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 07/12/2016

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Destination Dining: Vashon Island’s Bramble House

Top Chef contestant Lia Lira returns home with a “modern American” restaurant that fuses global influences with island rusticity.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 07/06/2016

BEER ME

America's Brew Isn't Budweiser's America. These Are the People's Beers.

Anheuser-Busch relabeled its cans "America." But the Belgium-based macro has nothing on these small-batch suds—many of them made right here in Oregon.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 07/01/2016

RESTAURANT AND BAR UPDATES

Hop & Vine Closes, Kachka's Happy Hour Grows, Tanner Goods Introduces the Wayback, and More PDX Food News

... including Bluehour's new weekend brunch, Broth Bar's second location, and a cameo by the Kosher Burrito.

  • By Michelle Porter and Ramona DeNies
  • Published 06/28/2016
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