Associate 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. In 2017, Ramona received her MFA in Creative Writing-Nonfiction from Portland State University. Her graduate thesis subject? Fact-checking, of course.

Urban Dips

Will Portland Get a Public Swimming Dock Just off the Eastbank Esplanade?

If so, it could take several years. (Upside: summers will probably be even more scorching by then!)

09/13/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Take Flight

3 Freewheeling Pacific Northwest Wine Country Escapes

From the vine-covered hills of the Yakima Valley to Oregon’s southernmost wine trail, forgo the usual crush with these DIY adventures.

09/13/2017 Edited by Ramona DeNies

Wine

Wine 101: An Oenophilic Cheat Sheet

From biodynamic to brix, pinot to pét-nat, school yourself before you sip.

09/13/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Wine Country Escapes: Yakima, Syrah!

A Wine Critic on Washington's Up-and-Coming Yakima Valley

"Everything grows well here—except pinot noir."

09/13/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Wine Country Escapes: Rogue Crush

A Vineyard Manager Goes All-In for Southern Oregon Wine

“Some of the best grapes ripen right at the edge of the season. Complexity comes from that extra hang time."

09/13/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Wine Country Escapes: Yakima Valley

Find Fall's Harvest in the Syrah-Drenched Hills of the Yakima Valley

Agritourism, from wine to fruit and hops, is transforming a once-sleepy corner of Washington.

09/13/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Wine Country Escapes: Going Rogue

Discover the Rogue Valley along Oregon's Southernmost Wine Trail

Go prospecting for a rich vein of pinot.

09/13/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Fearsome Remedies

A New Book Looks Back at Medical Quackery

From radioactive drinking water to a nice lentil poultice, here are cures for what ails ye.

09/13/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Fire Lookouts

Washington's Heybrook Lookout Tower Just Reopened and We're in Love

One of the state's two fire lookout rentals was closed for years. Now—thanks in part to Seattle outfitter Filson—you can once again stay in this Pacific Northwest treasure.

09/11/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Wildfires

Oregon's on Fire. Where's the Supertanker?

Panicked by wildfires like Eagle Creek, some Oregonians want to bring in the world's largest air tanker. Gov. Brown throws a towel on that.

09/07/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Parks

Happy 100th Birthday, International Rose Test Garden!

Celebrate the Portland park—100 years old this summer—that inspired writer Katherine Dunn's cult classic Geek Love.

08/22/2017 By Ramona DeNies and Rachel Wilson

Books

Walking the World with Pacific Northwest Writer Robert Moor

The Canada-based journalist's debut book, On Trails, is already a bestseller. (Doubly impressive, we'd say, for a writer who hasn't yet hiked the glory of Oregon.)

07/27/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Top Dentists

Portland’s Top Dentists 2017

Got plaque? From family dentists to prosthodontists, find yourself a pro in this list of top local toothtenders, as chosen by their peers.

07/10/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Best Beaches

The Insider's Guide to the Oregon Coast

10 essential beaches, a wave-chasing dream trek, and our new coastal ale trail—we’ll race you to the Pacific.

07/10/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Best Beaches: Beer

Oregon's New Coastal Ale Trail

Craft beer bubbles over, up, and down the Oregon Coast. Here are 16 can't-miss sud stops.

07/10/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Best Beaches: Dream Trek

The Ultimate Oregon Coast Road Trip: 5 Idyllic Destinations

Here’s where to score beachfront beers, fresh fish and chips, and rooms with ocean views.

07/10/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Best Beaches: Ocean's 10

10 Essential Oregon Beaches, North to South

White sand, wild surf, and, yes, even warm sun: the height of summer is prime time to explore Oregon’s beloved, rugged, completely public coast. These superlative beaches top our list.

07/10/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Get Out

The Insider’s Guide to Hiking, Camping, and Rafting in Oregon

From epic backpacking treks to essential river trips to top-notch campground tips, here’s how to get outside this summer.

06/30/2017 Edited by Ramona DeNies

Camping Guide

18 Must-Visit Oregon State Parks

We've got your next basecamp for everything from QT with your canine to the whole (human) wolfpack, breezy disc golf getaways to blissful backcountry treks.

06/30/2017 Edited by Ramona DeNies By Ketzel Levine and John Shewey

Top Dentists

Portland's Top Dentists 2017

Got plaque? From family dentists to prosthodontists, find yourself a pro in this list of top local toothtenders, as chosen by their peers.

06/30/2017 Edited by Ramona DeNies