Assistant 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. Currently, Ramona is working on a graduate thesis (on fact checking) for Portland State University’s MFA in Creative Writing-Nonfiction program.

Beer Me

Fresh Hops? This Weekend, Hood River’s Got ‘Em

The annual fresh hop beer festival has more than 75 brews this year. How to choose? Here are PoMo’s top five picks.

09/20/2016 By Ramona DeNies

Fall Day Trips: Hood to Coast

Autumn Leaves to Cranberry Cocktails: Five Easy Day Trips to Make the Most of Fall

And most within spitting distance of Portland.

09/13/2016 By Ramona DeNies

Getaways

10 Perfect Northwest Fall Day Trips

Apple picking to wine tasting to river rafting, here’s how to make hay while the sun still shines.

09/13/2016 Edited by Ramona DeNies By Margaret Seiler, Marty Patail, Molly Woodstock, and Julie Whipple

Fall Day Trips: Orchard Outing

An Apple Picking Trip in Oregon’s Hood River Valley

The upside of autumn chill? Harvest time in Parkdale and beyond.

09/13/2016 By Ramona DeNies

Gear Up

Check Out This Portland-Made Wheelchair Rugby Gear

The US National team gets a hand from a local studio—and some college students.

09/07/2016 By Ramona DeNies

Hotels

Suttle Lodge Is Now Open (Paging Wes Anderson)

In the Deschutes National Forest near Sisters, a painstakingly renovated wilderness lodge aims to marry highballs and vintage lawn chairs, canoes and camp chic.

08/30/2016 By Ramona DeNies

Getaways

Vashon Island, the Idyllic Puget Sound Getaway You Didn’t Know You Needed

Come for the haute-rustic dining, stay for the Thriftway.

08/15/2016 By Ramona DeNies

Long Story Short

For Years, Karlen Yallup Fought Forest Fires Across the West

Now the 24-year-old, raised by a family of elite “hotshots,” wants to take the fight from Warm Springs to Washington, DC.

08/15/2016 By Ramona DeNies

Beer Me

Everything's Better with Beer—Even Running

The determinedly mellow Oregon Brewery Running series starts this fall.

08/11/2016 By Ramona DeNies

NPS Centennial

Happy Birthday, National Parks—We Got You Something Nice!

This month, the National Park Service turns 100 years old. We found six amazing items to trick out your celebration.

08/08/2016 By Marisa Russell and Ramona DeNies

Openings

First Look: Honky Tonk Taco

Eat Beat has an early peek at the new SE Division Street rock-’n’-roll taqueria.

07/22/2016 By Ramona DeNies

Beer Me

Could a Megabrew Merger Threaten Oregon Craft Beer?

Local brewers—and US Senator Jeff Merkley—rally against a potential union of the world's two biggest beer empires, Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller.

07/22/2016 By Ramona DeNies

BEER

In the Heart of Wine Country, This Newberg Brewery Crafts Hyperlocal Wild Ales

Think you know farmhouse ales? At Wolves & People, think again.

07/12/2016 By Ramona DeNies

SPORTS

In the Run-Up to Rio, Can the Nike Oregon Project Outpace Controversy?

Portland native Galen Rupp is on track to run the Olympic marathon. Chasing him, and coach Alberto Salazar, is the elite sport’s complicated relationship with performance shortcuts.

07/12/2016 By Ramona DeNies

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Destination Dining: Vashon Island’s Bramble House

Top Chef contestant Lia Lira returns home with a “modern American” restaurant that fuses global influences with island rusticity.

07/06/2016 By Ramona DeNies

BEER ME

America's Brew Isn't Budweiser's America. These Are the People's Beers.

Anheuser-Busch relabeled its cans "America." But the Belgium-based macro has nothing on these small-batch suds—many of them made right here in Oregon.

07/01/2016 By Ramona DeNies

RESTAURANT AND BAR UPDATES

Hop & Vine Closes, Kachka's Happy Hour Grows, Tanner Goods Introduces the Wayback, and More PDX Food News

... including Bluehour's new weekend brunch, Broth Bar's second location, and a cameo by the Kosher Burrito.

06/28/2016 By Michelle Porter and Ramona DeNies

BREAKING NEWS

Next Up for Holdfast: Casual Mondays with Hotshot Barman Adam Robinson

Deadshot at Holdfast—launching July 25—does a 180 on the fine dining concept, with à la carte plates, Asian-inflected drinks, and absolutely no reservations.

06/28/2016 By Ramona DeNies

THE LONG PLAY

PODCAST: Chef Aaron Barnett on Ego, Offal, and the Next Big Threat for Portland Restaurants

The chef of St. Jack and La Moule has spent a decade in Portland, seeing it become a city where "kidneys sell like crack." Now he sees the restaurant world changing around him.

06/27/2016 By Ramona DeNies

BEER ME

Meet Rainier’s First New Beer in 20 Years

A post-Prohibition-style ale bottled in burly pounders? Pale Mountain Ale marks the iconic brewery's return to Washington state after 13 years in SoCal. Tagline: “It’s good to be home.”

06/17/2016 By Ramona DeNies