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.

Hotel Openings

How Will the Hoxton Hotel Change Old Town?

The 119-room luxury tower, set to open Nov 12, is chock-full of millennial makers, rooftop macramé, talks with She Bop, and tattoo workshops. Chinatown may never be the same.

10/30/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Light a Fire 2018: Exceptional Community Contribution

How IRCO Helps the Newest Oregonians Feel at Home

The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization has been a "one-stop shop" since 1976.

10/17/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Pour

One of the Northwest's Most Talented Winemakers Is Hiding Near Hood River

At Hiyu Wine Farm, Nate Ready conjures wildly unorthodox flavors.

10/17/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Travel

8 Reasons to Winter in Palm Springs

From jet-set art to vintage gems, the Coachella Valley is a cultural oasis.

10/17/2018 Edited by Ramona DeNies By Eden Dawn, Zach Dundas, and Fiona McCann

Nature

Should Oregon Kill Sea Lions to Save the Salmon?

Sea lions are scarfing the Columbia River's already struggling salmon populations. Now some politicians want to kill them.

10/17/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Long Weekends: Wine Country

Get a Behind-the-Scenes View of Fall Harvest in Oregon Wine Country

Ready to go beyond the tasting room? Book it to McMinnville.

09/11/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Long Weekends: Above the Treetops

This Washington Lookout Tower Offers the Ultimate Solitude

Recently retrofitted, Heybrook boasts board games and panoramic views alike.

09/11/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Whither Willamette?

Will Success Ruin Oregon Wine Country?

Money. Popularity. Climate change. The Willamette Valley is outgrowing its gritty roots.

09/11/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Feast Mode

How Feast Makes Portland Food Sexy as Hell

The food festival has become a national act. How does it stay tasty?

08/14/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Best Bars 2018: The Next Round

Portland's 15 Best New Bars

Natural wine in every neighborhood. Wild cocktails from hotshot bartenders. A real Irish pub. Cheers, Portland.

08/14/2018 By Ramona DeNies, Zach Dundas, Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, Marty Patail, and Benjamin Tepler

Best Bars 2018: Where To...

From Sipping Sake to Swilling with Surfers, a Portland Bar for Every Occasion

Here are nine spots that have nailed a niche.

08/14/2018 By Kelly Clarke, Ramona DeNies, Zach Dundas, Marty Patail, Margaret Seiler, and Benjamin Tepler

Top Dentists

Portland's Top Dentists 2018

In need of a polish? Here are the metro area's finest specialists, as chosen by their peers.

08/03/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Top Nurses

Portland’s Top Nurse Practitioners 2018

Here are the city’s top NPs, according to their peers.

08/03/2018 Edited by Ramona DeNies

Top Docs

Portland’s Top Doctors 2018

Here are the city’s best doctors, physician assistants, and complementary medicine providers, according to their peers.

08/03/2018 Edited by Ramona DeNies

Education

Private Schools in Portland, by the Numbers

From Montessori to language immersion to faith-based curriculum, local private schools enroll thousands of kids. Here’s a snapshot of the metro area’s specialized education options.

08/03/2018 Edited by Ramona DeNies

Real Estate 2018

Portland Neighborhoods by the Numbers 2018: The Suburbs

As Portland’s real estate market fizzles (kinda), the metro area sizzles. Hello, Scappoose—and we see you, Wood Village.

08/03/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Real Estate 2018

Portland Neighborhoods by the Numbers 2018: The City

From Alameda to Woodstock, we’ve got the numbers you need to navigate Portland’s real estate market.

08/03/2018 Edited by Ramona DeNies

Local Travel

The Insider’s Weekend Guide to Bend

Head southeast to soak up that glorious sun and splash in the Deschutes.

08/03/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Beach Party!

10 Essential Oregon Beaches, North to South

White sand, wild surf, and, yes, even warm sun: get out there and explore Oregon’s beloved, rugged, completely public coast.

08/03/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Top Dentists

Portland's Top Dentists 2018

In need of a polish? Here are the metro area’s finest specialists, as chosen by their peers.

08/01/2018 Edited by Ramona DeNies