Incorporated in 1970, Chino Valley received its name in 1854 from U.S. Army Cavalry Lt. Amiel W. Whipple. He was traveling through the area and took note of the plentiful game grass growing in the region. The Mexican word for this grass was “chino”—thus the community’s name. From January – May of 1864, the site of the first Territorial Capital of Arizona was established at Del Rio Springs in Chino Valley. Later that year, the Territorial Capital was moved to Prescott. It was a railroad that brought much activity to Chino Valley. Jerome Junction was established in 1895, becoming a major center of goings-on from 1900 until 1925, when it was moved farther north. Afterward, from the 1920s to the late 1940s, most of the families of Chino Valley took up farming and ranching. In the 1950s and 1960s, dairy farming became a large source of revenue. Chino Valley has experienced much growth since its early beginnings. Affordable housing, large plots of land and significant availability of services continue to draw residents and businesses to the area. Whether you’re flying in to the state’s third-busiest airport a few miles up the road, traveling by tour bus, private vehicle or motorcycle, you will find Chino Valley businesses eager to serve you. Although there are many fine choices for lodging, dining and sightseeing within a 20 mile radius of Chino Valley, visitors to our town will find first-rate accommodations at Days Inn Chino Valley, located on Highway 89 in the south part of town. During your stay, enjoy an indoor pool and hot tub, flat-screen TVs, free WI-FI and a free continental breakfast. Chino Valley’s newest lodging choice is 100% smoke-free. Or, stay at thePrimrose Inn & Suites, offering the "best suite in northern Arizona," complete with a fully stocked kitchen, two queen beds, cable, DVD, Wi-Fi and outdoor patio. The Inn also offers a recently-renovated mini suite and standard rooms, all appointed to the needs of every guest. Local dining options are numerous and varied, catering to a variety of budgets and tastes. From fast food to family dining, there is something sure to please every palate. Establishments in Chino Valley include such diverse selections as A&P Oriental Express, Aroma Pizza, Big Daddy E’s BBQ & Catering, Bonn-Fire Chillin’ and Grillin’, Casa Grande Mexican Restaurant, The Checkered Apron Bakery and Café, Gabby’s Kitchen and Overflow Coffee, along with fast food choices of McDonald’s, Taco Bell/Kentucky Fried Chicken, Sonic Drive-In and Little Caeser’s Pizza. Wine-tasting, fresh food and live entertainment can be found year-round at Granite Creek Vineyards in Chino Valley, selected as one of Arizona’s 50 best places to visit. Granite Creek was the first farm in Arizona to be Certified Organic and today is one of only a handful of wineries in the United States that makes Certified Organic Wines without any added sulfites. Every Saturday afternoon from April through November, visitors can taste an array of Award-Winning wines and order lunch or dinner from the seasonally-inspired menu, all while listening to live music from some of Arizona's best musicians.