We first experienced California's Central Coast when I attended a Canon photography workshop in Los Osos more than 16 years ago. Digital cameras were replacing film cameras and I was desperate to learn this new technology so we could stay in business serving our Ag West clients.
That is Morrow Rock, Morrow Bay, and Los Osos in the distance in the upper left of the photo below. This spot is a favorite we visit each year if we can. It is the high point between Highway 101 and Pacific Coast Highway 1 that runs along the coast. We pass this view overlook on the way to Cambria, a small beach town that is always beautiful, nearly always cooler and windier than inland areas. The Big Sur highway begins north of Cambria although it will be closed for up to two years due to mud slides from their wet winter. Publisher William Hearst's famous San Simeon castle is just north of Cambia.
And yes, the hills are this green in the winter months most years.