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.

Ideas & Innovations 2017: Social Entrepreneurs

4 Big Ideas Making Portland a Better City Right Now

From ice cream as brain food to the alley of the future, these local initiatives are making a difference.

06/12/2017 By Ramona DeNies and Zach Dundas

Beer Guide 2017: Coming Soon

4 Portland Breweries We Can't Wait For

From an Argay neighborhood brewery to a new Great Notion outpost, these are the places already making us thirsty.

06/12/2017 By Ramona DeNies, Benjamin Tepler, and Rachel Wilson

Beer Guide 2017: Fresh Pints

Portland's 8 Best New Spots to Drink Beer

From experimental one-offs to dreamy patios, here are our favorite places for a pint right now.

06/12/2017 By Marty Patail, Rebecca Jacobson, Ramona DeNies, Zach Dundas, Meagan Nolan, Margaret Seiler, and Kelly Clarke

Travel

Alaska Launches 5 New Flights from PDX

Orlando. Albuquerque. Detroit. We've got a serious soft spot for the growing airline.

06/12/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Wilderness Escape

A Remote Mountain Lodge Reopens in Oregon's Eagle Cap Wilderness

Back in the 1950s, the Minam River Lodge was a hunting retreat with no road access. On May 27, the lodge reopened—as isolated as ever, but with stunning new perks.

05/25/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Forest Park: Freak of Nature

Conquering the 30-Mile Wildwood Trail in One Epic Day

A runner sets out to complete the entire length of Forest Park's trademark track.

05/15/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Gorge Guide

The Insider’s Guide to the Columbia River Gorge

Two states, united by one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. It’s time to explore the Gorge.

05/09/2017 Edited by Kasey Cordell and Ramona DeNies

Outdoor Apparel

Union Way's Newest Tenant Sells California Culture

Starting May 5, Sacramento-based outdoor "lifestyle brand" All Good pitches its tent in downtown Portland's West End.

05/04/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Epic Treks

Hiking 350 Miles on the Oregon Desert Trail

From the Oregon Badlands to the edge of the Steens Mountain Wilderness, the western half of the Oregon Desert Trail is a long—and gorgeous—haul.

05/02/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Pour

5 Oregon Beer Pairings to Complement Spring's Bounty

Lucy Burningham picks pints to go with spring produce and fresh catches.

04/17/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Cheap Eats

Cheap Eats 2017: 30 Portland Dishes That Will Break Your Mind—But Not Your Budget

Family-style Korean stews. Mood-altering chicken and jojos. A world of dumplings and $1 sushi delivered by a tiny train. Time to eat your way, wallet intact, across the city's rollicking food scene.

04/17/2017 Edited by Kelly Clarke By Eden Dawn, Ramona DeNies, Zach Dundas, Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, Marty Patail, Margaret Seiler, Benjamin Tepler, and Molly Woodstock

Field Notes

Trail of the Month: Scouting Petroglyphs in the Columbia River Gorge

Take a guided tour to "She Who Watches," a piece of history hidden in the cliffs.

04/17/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Beer Me

These Are All the Beers at the Bend Brewfest

Central Oregon’s premier beer festival just dropped its 200-strong summer tap list. Maybe map this out?

04/04/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Real Estate 2017

Portland Neighborhoods by the Numbers 2017: The City

From the east side to the west side, Portland’s real estate market is still riding high. (No surprise.)

03/22/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Real Estate 2017

Portland Neighborhoods by the Numbers 2017: The Suburbs

The metro area is hotter than Mount St. Helen’s core of liquid hot magma.

03/22/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Comedy

Comedian Ali Wong Talks Jumbotrons, Rom-Coms, and Bun Bo Hue

The Baby Cobra star passes through Portland for four back-to-back shows. We ask her about her book and upcoming big-screen plans. She asks us about furry slippers and Vietnamese food.

03/21/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Real Estate: Handpicked Hoods

Portland's Hottest Hoods: Which One Is for You?

Whether you're a bargain hunter, a downsizer, or a young and single urbanist, here's the place to be.

03/20/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Comedy

John Cleese Wants Your Crankiest Questions

The Monty Python veteran says Portlanders are smart. When he swings through town on March 15, he hopes we've also got sass.

03/09/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Food News

Fire Devastates Beloved Portland Pork Shop Tails & Trotters

An intense electrical fire swept through the artisan butcher shop late Wednesday, February 22. Now, a coterie of PDX foodies mobilizes to help them (and neighbor Pie Spot) recover.

02/24/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Coffee Guide: Hallowed Ground

9 Neighborhood Coffee Shops We Love

No matter your quadrant, the best coffeehouse is the one closest to you.

02/20/2017 By Fiona McCann, Rebecca Jacobson, Kelly Clarke, Ramona DeNies, Zach Dundas, Marty Patail, Margaret Seiler, and Benjamin Tepler