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One of the region’s top outfitters, NEOC also offers a wide range of cabins and lodges. Some have a pioneer feel, with bunk beds and wooodstoves, original to the 1960s cabin village this place evolved out of; others multi-bedroom retreats of brand new construction, with heated floors, flatscreen TVs, modern furniture and fixtures, and comfy queen beds. Some have premium Katahdin views. The NEOC’s cheery, rustic-mod River Drivers Restaurant is open daily (you can prepay for dinners as part of your lodging rate) and serves great pub food along with big-feed dinner entrees like rib-eye steaks and crab-stuffed haddock roulade. The place wouldn’t hold up in Portland, but it’s maybe the best dinner you can get in the North Woods. The lounge in front of the big fieldstone fireplace is a pretty unbeatable spot to unwind with a beer or a cocktail, especially in winter.