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.

Top Docs

Portland’s Top Doctors & Nurses 2017

We asked Portland’s doctors, nurses, physician assistants, and complementary medicine providers: to whom would you trust the care of your loved ones? Here are their top choices.

06/30/2017 Edited by Ramona DeNies

Private Schools

Exploring Greater Portland’s Private Schools

Language immersion? Waldorf? Natural learning relationships? A snapshot of the metro area’s menu of specialized education options.

06/30/2017 Edited by Ramona DeNies

Handpicked Hoods

Portland’s Hottest Hoods: Which One Is for You?

Whether you’re a bargain hunter, a downsizer, or a young and single urbanist, here’s the place to be.

06/30/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Real Estate 2017

Portland Neighborhoods by the Numbers 2017: The Suburbs

The metro area is hotter than Mount St. Helen’s core of liquid hot magma.

06/30/2017 Edited by Ramona DeNies

Real Estate 2017

Portland Neighborhoods by the Numbers 2017: The City

From the east side to the west side, Portland’s real estate market is still riding high. (No surprise.)

06/30/2017 Edited by Ramona DeNies

Outdoors

10 Hikes and Bike Rides Every Portlander Must Know

Our great outdoors can be close to home, truly wild, or even both. Get out there.

06/30/2017 Edited by Ramona DeNies

Ideas & Innovations 2017: Social Entrepreneurs

4 Big Ideas Making Portland a Better City Right Now

From ice cream as brain food to the alley of the future, these local initiatives are making a difference.

06/12/2017 By Ramona DeNies and Zach Dundas

Beer Guide 2017: Coming Soon

4 Portland Breweries We Can't Wait For

From an Argay neighborhood brewery to a new Great Notion outpost, these are the places already making us thirsty.

06/12/2017 By Ramona DeNies, Benjamin Tepler, and Rachel Wilson

Beer Guide 2017: Fresh Pints

Portland's 8 Best New Spots to Drink Beer

From experimental one-offs to dreamy patios, here are our favorite places for a pint right now.

06/12/2017 By Marty Patail, Rebecca Jacobson, Ramona DeNies, Zach Dundas, Meagan Nolan, Margaret Seiler, and Kelly Clarke

Travel

Alaska Launches 5 New Flights from PDX

Orlando. Albuquerque. Detroit. We've got a serious soft spot for the growing airline.

06/12/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Wilderness Escape

A Remote Mountain Lodge Reopens in Oregon's Eagle Cap Wilderness

Back in the 1950s, the Minam River Lodge was a hunting retreat with no road access. On May 27, the lodge reopened—as isolated as ever, but with stunning new perks.

05/25/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Forest Park: Freak of Nature

Conquering the 30-Mile Wildwood Trail in One Epic Day

A runner sets out to complete the entire length of Forest Park's trademark track.

05/15/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Gorge Guide

The Insider’s Guide to the Columbia River Gorge

Two states, united by one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. It’s time to explore the Gorge.

05/09/2017 Edited by Kasey Cordell and Ramona DeNies

Outdoor Apparel

Union Way's Newest Tenant Sells California Culture

Starting May 5, Sacramento-based outdoor "lifestyle brand" All Good pitches its tent in downtown Portland's West End.

05/04/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Epic Treks

Hiking 350 Miles on the Oregon Desert Trail

From the Oregon Badlands to the edge of the Steens Mountain Wilderness, the western half of the Oregon Desert Trail is a long—and gorgeous—haul.

05/02/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Pour

5 Oregon Beer Pairings to Complement Spring's Bounty

Lucy Burningham picks pints to go with spring produce and fresh catches.

04/17/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Cheap Eats

Cheap Eats 2017: 30 Portland Dishes That Will Break Your Mind—But Not Your Budget

Family-style Korean stews. Mood-altering chicken and jojos. A world of dumplings and $1 sushi delivered by a tiny train. Time to eat your way, wallet intact, across the city's rollicking food scene.

04/17/2017 Edited by Kelly Clarke By Eden Dawn, Ramona DeNies, Zach Dundas, Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, Marty Patail, Margaret Seiler, Benjamin Tepler, and Molly Woodstock

Field Notes

Trail of the Month: Scouting Petroglyphs in the Columbia River Gorge

Take a guided tour to "She Who Watches," a piece of history hidden in the cliffs.

04/17/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Beer Me

These Are All the Beers at the Bend Brewfest

Behold the 200-strong tap list for Central Oregon’s premier beer festival. Maybe map this out?

04/04/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Real Estate 2017

Portland Neighborhoods by the Numbers 2017: The City

From the east side to the west side, Portland’s real estate market is still riding high. (No surprise.)

03/22/2017 By Ramona DeNies