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.

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.

3:02pm 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.

2:59pm 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.

2:58pm 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.

2:58pm 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

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