News and Travel Editor

Ramona joined the Portland Monthly team in late 2014 to contribute arts and culture coverage, generate annual research packages (Schools, Real Estate, Top Doctors), and head the magazine’s fact checking department. In 2016, she took on the magazine’s online and print travel coverage; in early 2019, she transitioned to the role of News and Travel Editor—responsible for the magazine’s front-of-book 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 politics, public lands, and travel adventures both luxe and low-brow 

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.

Summer Adventures: Under Construction

Some of These 6 Oregon Trails Don’t Exist Yet—But They Will Be Epic

These trails are the future of outdoor adventuring in Oregon.

05/28/2019 By Ramona DeNies, Margaret Seiler, Fiona McCann, Benjamin Tepler, Kelly Clarke, and Marty Patail

Community Report

These Are the People Cleaning Up Portland's Homeless Encampments

Central City Concern’s Clean Start employees are uniquely qualified for the job: they used to be homeless, too.

05/28/2019 By Ramona DeNies

Economy

What Do Minimum Wage Hikes Mean for Portland?

On July 1, we’re halfway through a seven-year stretch of minimum wage increases.

05/28/2019 By Ramona DeNies

News

Are Wildfires Choking Oregon’s High Season?

“Smoke season” is costing us millions in tourism dollars. Some agencies are desperate to cut through the haze—before it’s too late.

05/28/2019 By Ramona DeNies

Food Events

Vitaly Paley Is Starting a Sustainable Seafood Festival

The first annual confab, developed in collaboration with the James Beard Foundation's Smart Catch program, will happen this June at Headwaters.

05/09/2019 By Ramona DeNies

Hotel News

A Trio of Portlanders Are Transforming a 112-Year-Old Whidbey Island Lodge

The Captain Whidbey is a beloved Puget Sound institution. Its new Portland owners hope to draw both locals and "digital nomads."

04/25/2019 By Ramona DeNies

Homelessness: Viewpoints

What Don't We Understand About Homelessness in Portland?

We spoke to a shelter worker, someone who has lived on our streets, a cop, nonprofit directors, and more to find out.

04/23/2019 By Fiona McCann, Rebecca Jacobson, Kelly Clarke, Marty Patail, Margaret Seiler, and Ramona DeNies

Hotel Hooch

Portland’s New Hotel Bars Want to Be Your Boozy Living Room

Tope, Abigail Hall, and Hey Love are straight-up hospitality-backed thirst-traps.

04/23/2019 By Ramona DeNies

PDX Index

The Numbers on Oregon's New "Rent Control" Measures

Oregon gives the controversial practice a new lease on life.

04/23/2019 By Ramona DeNies

Eat With Your Eyes

First Look: Scotch Lodge, a Swanky Cocktail Cave from Tommy Klus, Opens May 2

The bar "with a scotch problem" will debut with an all-star cast inside the former Biwa space.

04/18/2019 By Ramona DeNies

Real Estate 2019

Portland Real Estate Guide 2019

The essential stats on 125 neighborhoods and suburbs—plus an interview with full-time mascot, part-time realtor Timber Joey

03/26/2019 Edited by Ramona DeNies

Real Estate 2019

Portland Neighborhoods by the Numbers 2019: The City

From Alameda to Woodstock, we crunched the numbers on Portland’s real estate market.

03/26/2019 Edited by Ramona DeNies

Real Estate 2019

Portland Neighborhoods by the Numbers 2019: The Suburbs

From pricy country living on Sauvie Island to wacky deals in Wood Village, we break down the 'burbs.

03/26/2019 Edited by Ramona DeNies

Insider’s Guide 2019: Food

Where Portland's Next Generation Goes to Eat and Play

Move over, millennials. A Generation Z teen gives us her foodie favorites.

03/26/2019 By Ramona DeNies

Real Estate 2019

Here Are the Hot Portland Hoods You Need to Know About in 2019

Things are heating up in... Sumner?

03/26/2019 By Ramona DeNies

Direct Flight

The Canadian Rockies Are Just Two Hours Away from Portland

Budget airline Westjet kicks off a new direct flight to Calgary, meaning Air Canada’s got competition for Portland travelers.

03/26/2019 By Ramona DeNies

Willamette Valley

California Money Is Making a Play for Oregon Wine Country

The Coppolas, Jackson Family, Napa's Silver Oak: wealthy California winemakers are moving into Oregon's pinot noir heartland.

03/15/2019 By Ramona DeNies

Soccer Spring Break

Parachuting Into the Timbers’ Epic Away Game Streak

A travel cheat sheet for the next three months. Because your team is gonna need ya.

03/01/2019 By Ramona DeNies

Spring Road Trips: Pit Stops

10 Kitschy Roadside Attractions to Visit in Oregon

Collect 'em all!

02/26/2019 By Ramona DeNies