Rachel Ritchie oversees Portland Monthly’s travel and outdoors coverage, Style, Habitat, and Long Story Short departments, and writes and edits service features and narrative stories. She also co-edits the travel and outdoors blog, Tripster. She also attempts to enforce deadlines and keep the budget balanced—much to her coworkers’ amusement.

Since coming aboard in 2009, Rachel has helped Portland Monthly earn numerous City and Regional Magazine and Society of Professional Journalists award nominations, including General Excellence awards in 2011 and 2013, and two SPJ awards for Leisure and Lifestyle Reporting (“Best Restaurants,” “The 10 of 2013”). She has also written and edited pieces on everything from culinary road trips in the Northwest to exploring the history and landscape of Mount St. Helens.

The Boston native arrived in Oregon armed with a liberal arts degree in English literature from Colby College in 2005, and joined the Portland Monthly staff after two years at SagaCity’s now-folded, much-beloved Portland Spaces magazine.

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HAPPY TRAILS

A Field Guide to the Best Hiking and Biking Trails in Oregon

34 amazing places to hike, bike, and explore from Hood to the coast—and beyond.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 07/21/2015
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EDITORS' NOTE

Why Portland Monthly Staffers Drove Over 3000 Miles this Month

...all in the pursuit of the ultimate Northwest trails.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 07/20/2015
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HAPPY TRAILS

An Oregonian's Guide to Hiking and Biking in Washington

Don't let a state border keep you from tackling some of the best trails around.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 07/20/2015
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GET OUT

Seize the Summer with 9 Ways to Explore the Northwest on Bike, Boat, and ... Skis?

From the Hood River Fruit Loop and waterfall trails to challenging coastal hikes and bucolic cycling paths, we help you experience the marvels of our state.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 07/13/2015
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GOOD EATS

Portland's 10 Hottest Healthy Dishes of 2015

Welcome to flavor country, where locals are taking guilt-free nosh to a whole new level.

  • By Rachel Ritchie and Molly Woodstock
  • Published 07/13/2015
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GOOD EATS

Mastering the Art of Home-Brewed Kombucha

Salt, Fire & Time's Tressa Yellig shares her secrets to the best 'booch around.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 07/13/2015
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PHOTO ESSAY

The Crush

We follow independent winemaker Brianne Day's captivating journey from the vine to the bottle in the Willamette Valley.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 07/01/2015
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TRAIL OF THE MONTH

Boulder Lake Makes an Ideal Summer Day Hike

With picture-perfect picnic tables, pine-dotted cliffs, and wildflowers, this 11-acre lake is calling.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 06/22/2015
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SUMMER GUIDE

Your Guide to the Perfect Portland Weekend: June 19-21

Each week throughout the summer, we'll share dozens of ways to make the most of your days off! This week: Celebrate the solstice with What the Festival, kayak tours, and ping pong in Forest Park.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 06/16/2015
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JUST BECAUSE

A Portland Photographer's Amazing Shots from Argentina

Andy Batt traveled to the volcanic deserts of northwestern Argentina—and came back with stunning photographs.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 06/12/2015
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SUMMER GUIDE

Your Guide to the Perfect Portland Weekend: June 11-14

Each week throughout the summer, we'll share dozens of ways to make the most of your days off!

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 06/12/2015
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NONPROFIT AWARDS

Light a Fire Awards 2015 Nomination Deadline Extended!

Nominations for Portland Monthly's annual awards honoring the nonprofit community are open until June 5. Help us celebrate the best in our community by nominating a deserving individual or organization now!

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 05/26/2015
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SUMMER GUIDE 2015

Savor the End Of Summer with Some Perfect September Weekends

Follow our guide to enjoying every single moment of Portland's most glorious season, and leave no weekend behind!

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 05/26/2015
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SUMMER GUIDE 2015

The Ultimate Guide to the Perfect Portland Summer

This summer, no weekend shall be left behind. We offer itineraries for every day off from now until the end of September.

  • By Zach Dundas, Rachel Ritchie, Aaron Scott, Ramona DeNies, and Fiona McCann
  • Published 05/26/2015
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SUMMER GUIDE 2015

Looking Back on 40 Years of Portland Pride

As the Portland Pride Festival turns 40, we look back on four decades of courage, progress, and raucous good times.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 05/26/2015
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SUMMER GUIDE 2015

Kick Off Summer with a June Full of Pride, Beer, and Naked Bike Rides

Follow our guide to enjoying every single moment of Portland's most glorious season, and leave no weekend behind!

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 05/26/2015
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DEALS & HAPPENINGS

Tripster: Weekend Plans

Memorial Day brings a bevy of summery fun, from coastal kite festivals to wine-tasting in the Willamette Valley and garden tours in Estacada.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 05/19/2015
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DEALS & HAPPENINGS

Tripster: Weekend Plans

Travel stories, roots and vines, farm dinners, and summer festivals...it's time to gear up for sunshine!

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 05/05/2015
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BEST BRUNCHES 2015

The 10 Best New Brunches in Portland

A bumper crop of delicious new brunches takes root in PDX, with global flavors and, just as important, no hours-long wait for tables—plus five more plates we can't resist.

  • By Zach Dundas, Rachel Ritchie, Karen Brooks, Benjamin Tepler, and Kelly Clarke
  • Published 04/27/2015
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HIGH SPIRITS

A Drinking Guide to Oregon Vermouth for Your Home Bar

A new wave of local vermouth spices up the liquor cabinet.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 04/27/2015
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