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.

Cowabunga

Rib Eyes, Brunch Bloody Marys, and Sprinklers Made Cowabunga One Endless Summer Party

Our inaugural farm-to-table food fest took over Rossi Farms for a three-day love note to local chefs, farmers, ranchers, and artisans.

07/24/2018 By Kelly Clarke, Ramona DeNies, and Zach Dundas

Travel

Secrets of the North Coast, from Long Beach to Pacific City

Food trails, reclaimed rails, and repurposed old jails: there's plenty new worth discovering on Oregon's northern shores.

07/17/2018 Edited by Ramona DeNies Photography by Justin Bailie

Secrets of the North Coast: Trek for Treats

Stock Your Kitchen with These Finds from Oregon's North Coast

Local goods—camembert, oysters, world-class rum—line Highway 101 from Long Beach to Tillamook.

07/17/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Secrets of the North Coast: Beach Guide

The Essential Guide to Oregon's North Coast

From the Long Beach Peninsula to Pacific City, here are the hot spots and under-the-radar finds to know.

07/17/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Secrets of the North Coast: Sunrise over Wheeler

Can Oregon's North Coast Switch Up Its Tourism Game?

On our state's shores, tourism is synonymous with summer. These northern communities want to convince you the hotness extends all year.

07/17/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Mustang Tally

Does Oregon Have Too Many Wild Horses?

The feds think so—and they want Congress to approve a plan to thin the herd.

07/17/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Top Nurses

Portland's Top Nurse Practitioners 2018

Here are the city's top NPs, according to their peers.

06/21/2018 Edited by Ramona DeNies

Medicine

Nurse Practitioners Could Solve Oregon's Primary Care Crisis. Will We Let Them?

Women dominate the increasingly crucial profession. They’ve had to fight for respect.

06/21/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Summer Eats: Sips

Drink These 15 Oregon Quaffs at Your Next Backyard Bash

From a gin gimlet to fermented pineapple wine, here's what to sip all summer long.

06/19/2018 By Ramona DeNies and Marty Patail

Travel

Start Your Engines: Detroit Is Just a Five-Hour Direct Flight from Portland

Thought the Motor City had met that great scrapyard in the sky? Nope. This chassis was built to last.

06/19/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Santiam Stopover

A Historic Oregon Ski Lodge Gets a Major Revamp

Built by the Depression–era Civilian Conservation Corps, the 78-year-old hostel will welcome travelers once again.

06/19/2018 By Ramona DeNies

New Hotels

Jupiter NEXT—the Jupiter Hotel's Luxe 'Big Sister'—Is Now Open

The 67-room Lower Burnside respite also houses Hey Love, a new lounge concept from alums of Rum Club, Dig a Pony, and Mississippi Studios.

06/05/2018 By Ramona DeNies

New Bars

Cocktail Pop-Up Deadshot Now Has Permanent Digs and a Posse of Bartenders

Before, Adam Robinson's Mondays-only bar night was Holdfast's sidepiece. Now, the industry hangout stirs up sweet trouble seven days a week in SE Portland's former Associated space.

05/24/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Man vs. Monument

Will Trump Ransack Oregon's Public Lands?

Southern Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou could be the next national monument on the Administration's hit list.

05/22/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Amazing Escape

Condé Nast Traveler Just Named Oregon's Minam River Lodge to Its Global Hot List

Though to call this new Eastern Oregon gem "charming" is like calling Timberline Lodge "nice."

05/15/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Travel

The Insider's Weekend Guide to Bend

Here's where to eat, shop, hike, float, and golf in the happiest city in the Oregon high desert.

04/24/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Direct Flights

A Perfect Weekend Getaway in Santa Rosa

The sunny California town—nestled in wine country and lined with breweries—is a quick direct flight from PDX.

04/24/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Field Notes

At Willamette Mission State Park, History Meets Family-Friendly Hiking

Ferries and filberts, cottonwoods and catastrophes.

04/24/2018 By Ramona DeNies

School Crush

A Pinot Power Couple Donates $6 Million to Linfield College

The gift creates the world’s first interdisciplinary wine studies major.

04/24/2018 By Ramona DeNies

New Hotels

McMenamins' Kalama Harbor Lodge Finally Opens

It's surely the most thrilling thing to happen on this sleepy industrial stretch of the Columbia since last summer's methanol protests.

04/17/2018 By Ramona DeNies