The Beau Sejour Hotel in Central Park, LI (today's Bethpage) was a prominent stop for many wealthy travelers on LI. While the building was built in the mid-1850s as a residence, its use as a hotel continued until its closing in 1974 (it was demolished soon after in 1975). I'm not sure of the date of this picture, was is actually one side of an advertising card; the map below is on the other side. The map shows the Beau Sejour in relation to The Motor Parkway and shows that because of its proximity was a logical choice for roadsters to stop as they traveled east or west. Check out the autos of the age in the picture!
Some of the guests who made a stop at some point or another were Edward, Prince of Wales and his bride Wally Simpson, 'Roy' Rainier of Monaco, and His Majesty King Saud of Arabia. Entertainers included Mr. Ziegfield and a bus load of "girls", Enrico Caruso, Arturo Toscannini, Schubert, Sir Cedric Hardwick, Sonia Hennie, Myrna Loy, Rex Harrison, Otto Premminger. Among the 'regulars' were Ralph Belamy, Arthur Godfrey, Alan King, Don Vorhees. Other guests from the world of politics, business and sports included Harry Truman, General George Marshall, a very young John F. Kennedy climbing an apple tree, Mr. Honer (harmonica), Schlemmer of Hammacher and Schlemmer, Armour (meats), Trommer (beer), O'Malley and Shea (baseball), Roy Cohn and Mayors Jimmy Walker and Robert Wagner to round off the list.
Thank you to Donald Wilson and his web page for the above information: http://reocities.com/CollegePark/1827/lihisdw.html
The Red Lion Inn, a hotel and restaurant was located on what is now the Long Island Expressway North Service Road, east of Lakeville Road. The Red Lion Inn had previously been the Elverton Inn, and a general store before that. This inn served tourists visiting the Lake Success area, and travelers on the Long Island Motor Parkway. It was destroyed by fire in 1935.
The Red Lion Inn