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.

Foreign Affairs

The Toughest Part of Getting Aid to Syria Could Be US Politics

Just take a history lesson from Portland nonprofit Mercy Corps.

02/26/2019 By Ramona DeNies

Wellness

Portland's Top Complementary Medicine Providers 2019

Seeking the city's best acupuncturists, naturopaths, and more? Here is your peer-sourced list.

01/29/2019 By Ramona DeNies

Education

Portland Private Schools, by the Numbers: 2019

Local private schools enroll thousands of area kids in programs ranging from language immersion to faith-based.

01/29/2019 Edited by Ramona DeNies

Hotel News

Dozens of Oregon Hotels Offer One-Day-Only Deals to Book Yourself a 2019 Vacation

On January 29—National Plan a Vacation Day—some spots are shaving 20 percent off nights booked later in year.

01/21/2019 By Ramona DeNies

Top Docs

Portland's Top Doctors & Nurses 2019

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

12/21/2018 Edited by Ramona DeNies

Hidden Portland: Secret Spots

Portland's Best Basements, Back Rooms, Attics, and Hideaways

Here are some of the city's most out-of-the-way spots to eat, drink, or just be mysterious.

12/21/2018 By Kelly Clarke, Ramona DeNies, Margaret Seiler, and Benjamin Tepler

Food Event Spotlight

Get Ready for the Northwest's First Basque-Style Cidery

Son of Man, based in Cascade Locks, taps its first wild cider in February. To that, we say txotx!

12/19/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Hotel Openings

Woodlark Hotel Now Open, Just in Time for Kolaches and Winter Cocktails

Woodlark is two hotels in one, plus a downtown outpost of Good Coffee, a history-heavy cocktail bar, and—finally!—Doug Adams's Texas-style meat palace, Bullard.

12/12/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Sneak Peek

At Soon-to-Open Pink Rabbit, the Cocktail Menu Is Literally Song Lyrics by the National

Star barista Billy Wilson and GQ-lauded mixologist Tyler Stevens bonded over rock music and album art. Their new Pearl District project? Just add booze.

12/11/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Quiz

Are You in a Lodge?

Here are some clues.

11/20/2018 By Ramona DeNies Illustrations by Jack Dylan

Travel

10 Grand Lodges of the Pacific Northwest

For every season, there’s a dream destination.

11/20/2018 Edited by Ramona DeNies By Benjamin Tepler, Margaret Seiler, Amy Martin, and Kelly Clarke

Pour

These Batch Cocktails Take Holiday Punch to the Next Level

Let the festivities begin.

11/20/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Editor's Note

Is It Possible To Have Too Much Lodge Luxury?

A travel writer rips through seven opulent retreats in one week. Hallucinations ensue.

11/20/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Hotel Openings

How Will the Hoxton Hotel Change Old Town?

The 119-room luxury tower 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