Nantucket, Fairy Tales, and Dreams

This is a re-edited published post. Originally published in 2015 after moving to the Oregon coast. I re-published it again in 2017 while vacationing in Southern California. And, now during the 2020 pandemic (at home) thought it might be a nice armchair get-away.

”If you want your children to be intelligent read them fairy tales. If you want your children to be more intelligent read them more fairy tales.” ~Albert Einstein

Hello! I’m currently in California & decided to re-edit a post from when I visited Nantucket right after moving to the Oregon Coast in 2015. It’s personally one of my favorites & somehow this recent trip to California made me think of it. I’ll be sharing about my California trip in next week’s post.😘


I’ve been thinking about Fairy Tales lately. No doubt it has everything to do with my recent visit to the beautiful, dreamy, fairy tale like island of Nantucket. I’ve been meaning to share some of the magic with you. Come, and join me for a little stroll…



I remember as a young girl I always wanted to go to Nantucket.


It represented that perfect place.


A place where life was as it should be.


Quaint cottages with white picket fences.


Beautiful gardens


and cobblestone streets.


Sort of like all those Fairy Tales we read as young children.


When the fairy tale seed was planted.


Stories that pointed out right from wrong, and that good always prevailed.


Stories of hope, inspiration


magical dreams.


And, who really knows how or when those dreams really began.


I’m a serious pushover for happy endings.


I love watching old movies, living in old houses, decorating with used old chipped furniture, visiting English gardens, having tea parties. fairy tales


And,  quite honestly I think these stories can be motivators for seeking real truth, happiness, and love in life.


Now into my adult lady~hood  and having traveled to this beautiful island and back again.


I’ve most certainly made a deeper peace with that young girl within.


Of course I loved Nantucket, and am glad I finally had the opportunity to visit. However somehow I returned with the satisfaction in knowing that the best Fairy Tale of all is living the life I have. Our real life. The one that is right before us at any given moment. The one that has a magic all of its own…

And,  of course even it’s own fairy dusty moments to dream upon.

Here’s a little glimpse of downtown Nantucket

And a fun bike ride through the back roads of Nantucket…

And here’s a recipe for Harvest Pumpkin Cupcakes

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin

3 eggs, slightly beaten

1/2 cup oil

1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 (18 ounce) box yellow cake mix

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2.  Place paper baking cups in 24 muffin cups. Combine pumpkin, eggs, oil, cinnamon and baking soda in bowl and mix well.
  3.  Add cake mix, 1/4 cup water and beat for 1 minute on low speed. Increase speed to high and beat for 2 minutes. Fold in walnuts.
  4.  Fill muffin cups two-thirds full and bake for 19-22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  5. Cool for 10 minutes in pan; remove from pan and cool completely before frosting. Yields 24 cupcakes.


1 (16 ounce) container ready-to- serve buttercream frosting

1 (2 ounce) bottle yellow, brown and orange sprinkles

  1. Spread frosting in swirling motion over cupcakes and top with sprinkles.
  2.  If you like, use 1 (2 ounce) bottle sugar-cinnamon gems instead of sprinkles. The cinnamon gems really complement the pumpkin in the cupcakes. Enjoy!
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12 Responses to Nantucket, Fairy Tales, and Dreams

  1. Joe Kuehner says:

    Thank you for such a beautiful post with such profound insights.
    It shows both sides of a remarkable personality!

  2. Marcia Ren says:

    Hi Joe! Thank you. You are so kind…♡

  3. Nola says:

    Thank you! I have always wanted to see Nantucket, being from the Midwest. Your tour was great! Thank you for taking the time to post.

  4. Jenny Bonynge says:

    Hi Marcia! I am currently in Sun City, AZ at the library having just read your blog. I remember your telling of this special trip that you took and how utterly charming that place is! Tomorrow I leave this dry environment to return to my beloved GREEN OREGON! Short visits to see the sun are OK, but for me, green is where I want to be!

    • Marcia Ren says:

      Hi Jenny! I hope you had a nice little get~a~way. Thank you for visiting me while you were away. That was sweet! I was recently in Southern California and brought the sunshine back with me to the coast…for a few days anyway. XO

  5. Nola says:

    Hi Marcia,
    Would you mind if I posted your picture of the deep purple rose in a rose forum to ask for help identifying? It’s beautiful!

  6. Donna Kelly says:

    I love this on revisiting Nantucket!!!!! Of course, I feel the same way about revisiting Oregon….and then meeting you and Joe!!!!!!!

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  8. Elaine Runkel says:

    I love Nantucket having been there around 30 yrs ago You also took us to Stonington another all time favorite . I lived in the Borough for awhile and my small yard was reminiscent of the Nantucket flower strewn yards……magical also. My hometown is mystic Ct altho I presently live in the desert of Arizona. There is something to be said about the charm, warmth and attraction towards little rose covered cottages….for me they are….. healing

    • Marcia Ren says:

      Hi Elaine,
      Please forgive me for taking so long to reply…I recently got a puppy… And my life had been quite topsy-turvy.:) How lucky you were to live in such beautiful places… I’m wondering if you miss the East Coast. I grew up in Southern California however I was born in Tucson, AZ.. so by nature I’ve been acclimated to warmer climate… the Oregon coast was quite different for me. I must admit however that when I visited Stonington/Mystic and other charming areas on the East Coast I tell my husband I want to move there!:)
      Thank you for b stopping by and I hope to see you again! Take care.:)

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