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.

Opera

With David Adam Moore's Winterreise, Portland Opera Aims to Break Your Heart

Schubert probably didn't imagine his love-stricken final masterpiece rendered in floor-to-ceiling 3D projection mapping.

02/07/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Date Night PDX

25 Great Dates in and around Portland

Romantic evenings, chill times with a pal, roving parties, and trips for two: plan your next outing or overnight here.

01/30/2018 Edited by Eden Dawn By Hannah Bonnie, Kelly Clarke, Ramona DeNies, Zach Dundas, Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, Marty Patail, Anya Rehon, Margaret Seiler, Benjamin Tepler, and Eleanor Van Buren

Cannabis: Back to School

Sativa Science Club Builds an Ambitious Education Program for Budtenders

The Portland-based effort trains cannabis retailers in botany, taxonomy, and even etiquette—and it hopes to go national.

01/30/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Travel

Tour the High Desert (Wink, Wink) on Bend's Inhale Trail

Central Oregon gets savvy on cannabis tourism.

01/30/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Food Events

You Can Help Puerto Rico by Eating at This Lechonera Pop-Up

Portland restaurateur Andy Diaz lost his grandmother in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Now he's raising funds to make sure the hospice house where she died never loses power again.

01/29/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Fitness: Fight Club

Which Martial Art Is Right for You?

Navigating Portland's hurly-burly world of options just got a whole lot easier.

12/28/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Drink Here Now

4 New Portland Bars to Visit This Winter

Our city's latest crop of watering holes is wild, bright, and a little spooky.

12/28/2017 By Benjamin Tepler, Fiona McCann, Eleanor Van Buren, and Ramona DeNies

Sustainability

This Portland Start-Up Makes a More Sustainable Port-a-Potty

Nature Commode: flush with success.

12/28/2017 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.

12/28/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Travel Journal

Here Are the 10 Best Trips We Took in 2017

From high desert landscapes to high design in Honolulu, this past year of travel stole our hearts.

12/22/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Pour

You Can Drink Rare Wine from around the World in a Northeast Portland Bunker

Hunting for your next bottle? Head underground to NE Alberta's Les Caves.

11/20/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Mountain Time

Beyond the Cascades: 3 Rocky Mountain Ski Towns to Explore

Find some of the West’s best snow (and off-slope toasts) in Idaho, Utah, and Colorado.

11/20/2017 Edited by Ramona DeNies

Mountain Time: Ski Cascadia

Beyond Hood: More Pacific Northwest Peaks to Ski

From Whistler to Shasta, head to Cascadia's other big hitters.

11/20/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Mountain Time: Sun Valley

Fat-Biking and Dive Bars: Sun Valley Offers Serious Off-Slope Fun

Deep in the Idaho wilderness, quirky Ketchum offers much more than 2,000 acres of prime downhill.

11/20/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Light a Fire 2017: Caring for the Planet

Ecotrust Puts Its Faith—and Funds—in Healthy Forests

The green nonprofit makes conservation profitable.

10/16/2017 By Ramona DeNies

The Class of '07

So Many Great Portland Restaurants Opened in 2007. Are They Still Good?

These five spots would define the revolutionary decade that followed. But how do they hold up in 2017?

10/12/2017 By Benjamin Tepler, Ramona DeNies, Kelly Clarke, Zach Dundas, and Karen Brooks

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