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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Introducing

Tasty n Sons

Tapas-inspired brunch joint opens on N Williams thanks to Toro Bravo owner and chef, John Gorham.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 07/14/2010
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Pour

Forgotten Fruits

Hard Cider finally to the fore, after waiting in the wings behind main stage stars Beer and Wine.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 07/14/2010
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Pour

Bloody Perfect

Serratto bartender Kurt Fritzler demonstrates that proportion is what's truly key in making a good Bloody Mary. His expert guidance (provided here) plus your unrelenting practice should turn you into a Bloody Mary master in no time.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 06/11/2010
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Mudroom

Absolute Alfresco

Casa Naranja in North Portland sports a casual, bungalow-esque outdoor space with all the trappings of patio perfection. Ambient lighting, a wide variety of seating, and classic landscaping make this spot Portland Monthly's Quintessential Patio.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 06/10/2010
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Sasquatch!

We have finally recovered from the three day music fest. Can we please go back for more?

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 06/04/2010
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Portland Spaces: Handbook

A Moveable Feast

The key to backyard dining is the picnic table, and a good one could cost you a small fortune. Avoid the steep costs and learn how to build your own with this detailed guide.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 05/27/2010
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Portland Spaces: Handbook

For the Birds

Urbanization and the creation of homes has also meant the destruction of potential homes for many of Portland's native bird species. The Western Bluebird has been completely forced out of the Willamette Valley, but thanks to local advocates, they re start

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 05/27/2010
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Long Story [Short]

The Officer

Portland police officer, Gregory Mack, shares his stories of patrolling the city on horseback.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 05/21/2010
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Get Out!

Long Haul

Really get some distance from the city by immersing yourself in one or a few of these far off paradises.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 05/17/2010
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Pour

Cello Shots

An in-depth discourse on what happens when the appletini goes out of style.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 04/23/2010
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Thunder eggs, theater, and a chocolate waterfall

Fun For Ages 4-11

Elementary antics for your blossoming kiddies.

  • By Kasey Cordell and Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 04/21/2010

Advanced Parenting

Free Wheeling

Rather than constant chirps of "Are we there yet?" try these three road-trip distractions to ease the woes of interstate irritability.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 04/21/2010
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Cliff jumping, cooking classes, and air hockey tournaments

Fun For Ages 11-15

An assortment of activities your pre-teen can participate in and later document in their diary.

  • By Kasey Cordell and Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 04/21/2010
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Fun 101

Your Family’s Ultimate Guide to Summer

Ready for a summer with the kids? The trick is to find activities that don't include vegging out in front of the TV or sleeping till noon. To keep their minds engaged and their muscles developing we've got 46 solutions to the doldrums, from bird watching

  • By Kasey Cordell and Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 04/19/2010
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Bluegrass, books, and building monster forts

Fun For Ages 0-3

The activity plan for the toddler tykes is made up of a nature hike, a restaurant with a grandmother's feel, a playhouse for the wee ones, and storytime to enhance literary skills, among other enterprises.

  • By Kasey Cordell and Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 04/19/2010
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Great Neighborhoods: Taking the Long View

Holding Steady

Take a tour of crash-beating neighborhoods—the Northwest District, Cathedral Park, and Sabin.

  • By Kasey Cordell, Randy Gragg, Brian Barker, and Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 03/16/2010
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Great Neighborhoods: Taking the Long View

Up-and-Comers

The neighborhoods of Kenton, Foster-Powell, and Boise are looking forward to an increase in value.

  • By Kasey Cordell, Randy Gragg, Brian Barker, and Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 03/16/2010
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Two-Minute Critic

A Brine Time

Savor the seasoning at the Salt Grotto in the Pearl.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 03/16/2010
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Great Neighborhoods: Taking the Long View

Walking to the Future

Portland is anticipating hefty changes over three decades, according to the city's new 30-year urban blueprint.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 03/16/2010
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The Mudroom

Perfect Pairings

Enjoy a cold one while you wait for a restaurant as we examine four ambiguously adept combos of eat and drink.

  • By Kasey Cordell, Rachel Ritchie, Amber Villa-Zang, and Avz
  • Published 03/15/2010
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